US Airways has appointed Stephen L. Johnson as
executive vice president, corporate and general counsel, effective March
In his new role Johnson, 52, will oversee
the airline’s Legal, Corporate Real Estate, Labor Relations and
Corporate Security functions. He will report to US Airways
Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.
“Steve is an exceptional
executive who brings a wide variety of skills and industry
knowledge to our airline,” said Parker. “He has extensive
transactional experience and will play a key advisory role on our
team. He works hard to understand all views and builds consensus
to achieve a positive outcome. We couldn’t be more pleased that he
is returning to US Airways, bringing with him the right
combination of experience and legal expertise to our senior
Since 2003, Johnson has been a partner
at Indigo Partners LLC, a Phoenix-based private equity firm.
Indigo specializes in acquisitions and strategic investments in
the airline, aircraft finance and aerospace industries.
1995 and 2003, Johnson held a variety of positions with America
West Holdings Corporation prior to its merger with US Airways
Group, including senior vice president, legal and executive vice
Between 1989 and 1994, Johnson also held a
variety of positions, including senior vice president and general
counsel, with GPA Group plc, which later was acquired by GE
Capital Aviation Services Limited.
His prior experience further
includes serving as an attorney at Seattle-based law firm Bogle &
Gates, where he specialized in corporate and aircraft finance and
Johnson earned his Master of Business
Administration and Juris Doctorate from the University of
California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts from California State
This new position was recently
created when the airline’s former general counsel left the company
for a position outside the industry.
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