Alaska Airlines has named travel industry veteran Charu Jain as its new CIO. Jain joined the company earlier this month from IBM as a critical and complex time. Jain’s chief task is integrating the technology systems of Virgin America, which Alaska acquired for $2.6 billion in December, a statement from the airlines said.
As Alaska’s CIO, Jain will lead a department of more than 400 information technology professionals. “Charu’s experience as both an airline executive and consultant is perfectly suited to help Air Group successfully integrate Virgin America from a technology standpoint,” said Brandon Pedersen, Alaska Airlines executive vice president of finance and CFO. “Throughout her 24-year career, Charu has been able to blend thoughtful leadership with a focus on results and we’re excited to have her onboard.”
Jain has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Lucknow University in India and an MBA in International Management at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Charu replaces Veresh Sita, who left for a job in the Middle East in September.