Charu Jain named Chief Information Officer, VP of Alaska Airlines


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.