Florida-based regional Silver Airways has appointed CFO Sami Teittinen as its new CEO, effective Sept. 5. Teittinen succeeds Dave Pflieger, who is leaving to become president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air.

In his role as CEO, Silver Airways said Teittinen will help execute the company’s strategic efforts.

“Since joining Silver Airways’ executive team, Sami has consistently demonstrated impressive leadership capabilities and has been instrumental in the realignment of our strategic plan and cost structure. His proven track record of developing, growing and running successful businesses as a 20-year industry veteran—coupled with his in-depth knowledge of Silver’s operations—make Sami uniquely qualified to further the momentum the airline has already achieved,” Silver Airways chairman Matthew Ray said.

Teittinen said as new CEO he will “continue to build upon the solid foundation we have established as we implement our network and cost realignment strategy, simplify our fleet, improve operational performance, continue to focus on customer service, and leverage new strategic opportunities for future growth.”

Silver Airways has a fleet of 33 aircraft that operate more than 55,000 flights per year to 38 destinations in Florida, the Bahamas, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and Washington DC.