Alaska Air Group (AAG) has announced that chairman and CEO Bill Ayer will retire from his chief executive role, effective May 15, and Alaska Airlines (AS) president Brad Tilden will become CEO of AAG. Tilden will remain president of AS and Ayer will continue to serve as chairman of AAG's board. Ayer said in a statement, "The time is right to implement a succession plan that's been in the works for several years and which the board and I believe will ensure that we continue ...

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