Private Airline Luncheon Speaker

Transforming business practices to meet ESG and Supply Chain challenges

The aviation industry is being challenged by many issues but there are two, emerging ESG (Environmental, Social and Governmental) requirements and COVID-driven supply chain issues, that are forcing operators and suppliers to rethink how they do business. Just in time inventory, small order quantity, single sourced suppliers – these are just a few of the practices that need to be reconsidered and adjusted to meet these challenges. This session will discuss some of the challenges in each category, and provide thoughts and recommendations on how the industry can adapt.

After leaving the Marine Corps in 1988, Ken started his aviation career working as an A&P mechanic for Flying Tigers and FedEx. In 1997 he had the opportunity to start, and get certified, a Part-145 repair station for Inertial Airline Services. Ken joined Alaska in 1999 and held various line maintenance management positions before transitioning to component repair management. After spending 10 years in various roles in material management and in managing repairs, warranty and component contracting, Ken took on the role of the Director, Supply Chain Operations, where he was responsible for Alaska Air Group procurement and technical sourcing. In 2020 Ken became the Supply Chain Engine and Lease Management Director and is now responsible for sourcing, contracting and supplier management for Alaska Air Group’s engine suppliers, as well as being the commercial contact for Airbus aircraft leases.