Spirit Airlines announced today that its Board of Directors had appointed Christine P. Richards and Mark B. Dunkerley as its newest members, effective September 23, 2019. The Board also announced it had been informed by Robert L. Fornaro of his decision to step down from the Board, also effective immediately.
“We are delighted that Chris and Mark have agreed to join our board,” said Spirit’s Chairman, Mac Gardner. “With her strong background in aviation, corporate governance, customer support, government relations and business transactions, Chris will add an experienced voice in helping Spirit continue its trajectory as America’s largest and highest-quality value carrier.”
“We are also excited to bring on an aviation leader of Mark’s caliber,” Gardner continued. “His experience as a successful CEO at Hawaiian and senior leader in several other airline and aviation businesses will be a tremendous resource for the Board and the Spirit management team.”
“I am pleased to join the board of an innovative emerging company like Spirit,” said Richards. “I look forward to partnering with the rest of the board and with the Spirit management team as the company continues to grow and evolve.”
Commenting on Fornaro’s decision to step down from the Board, Gardner said: “Spirit owes a great debt of gratitude to Bob for his vision and leadership over the past five years both as a valued colleague on the Board and as our company’s CEO from 2016 through 2018.”
Fornaro stated: “My years working with the Spirit board and management team have been among the most rewarding of my career. I leave with the company in strong and capable hands, and I send my special congratulations and best wishes to the Spirit Team Members that do such a great job every day for each other and for our guests.”