2016-2017 Board Chair, Seattle Metro Chamber
CEO, Alaska Air Group
(Download high resolution photo)
Brad Tilden is the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. Alaska flies more than 180 aircraft to 100 plus destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, and it employs 13,000 people. For 2014, Alaska reported record financial results and one of the highest profit margins in the airline industry. The company has been profitable for 11 consecutive years.
Under Tilden’s leadership, Alaska and Horizon are focused on running a safe and reliable operation, on providing a hassle-free travel experience, on offering low fares, and on steadily growing their combined route network. Alaska has earned many accolades, including ranking highest in customer satisfaction among traditional carriers in the J.D. Power North American Airline Satisfaction Study for eight years in a row. The airline also ranked No. 1 in on-time performance for five consecutive years by FlightStats, and was named the Best Airline in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal for the second consecutive year.
In addition to its top-ranked operational performance, Alaska is a leader in environmental stewardship, community service and philanthropy. In 2013, the International Council on Clean Transportation named Alaska the most fuel-efficient airline in the U.S, and in 2014, the airline donated $9.6 million to more than 1,300 charitable organizations and its employees volunteered more than 21,000 community service hours.
Tilden is a 24-year veteran of Alaska Air Group. He previously served as executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer and corporate controller. Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.
Tilden was named one of the Top 50 People in Business by Fortune in 2014. He has also been recognized by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout.
Tilden chairs the board of the Washington Roundtable, and he serves on the boards of the Boy Scouts of America, and Pacific Lutheran University.
A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he would watch Alaska jets take off and land. In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys cycling and flying his Cessna 182. He holds a private pilot’s license with an instrument rating.