Leadership Team

ExpressJet Airlines is led by a team of talented, driven professionals who are invested in empowering the people who operate our front lines every day … because that’s where many of them started. They support ExpressJet people in our efforts to make the ExpressJet difference, providing vision and guidance along the way.

Alex P. Marren    |    Mike Gibson    |    Cathy Harris    |    Brandee Reynolds    |    Brad Sheehan    |    Terry Vais    |    Kevin Wade

Alex P. Marren

Chief Operating Officer

Alexandria “Alex” Marren is ExpressJet Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer.

During a family trip to Greece as a child, Alex decided that she wanted to be part of the industry that connects people around the world – the airlines.

She landed a job with People Express Airlines directly out of college, and later joined United Airlines. Alex earned a steady progression of promotions at United, where she held roles as Director of Customer Service, Vice President for Airport Operations East, and most recently, Senior Vice President of Onboard Services and then Network Operations. In each role, she led teams that continually improved efficiency, as well as operational and service performance. One of her career highlights took her full circle back to that special childhood trip: she served as United’s Country Manager in Athens, Greece, where she opened the station and built the operation from the ground up.

In October 2014, Alex joined ExpressJet Airlines as COO. Her constant objective is for ExpressJet to be the industry best in safety, reliability and service, with a workplace that supports teamwork and respect.

Alex is a graduate of Harvard University and holds a certificate from the Advanced Executive Education Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She has served on the board of directors for Alliant Credit Union since 2008 and the Red Cross of Greater Chicago since 2012.

Mike Gibson

Vice President – Maintenance

In his 35 years in aviation maintenance, Mike has held nearly every role in the department, from mechanic to supervisor to vice president. A lifelong learned, he received his undergraduate degree in Airframe and Powerplant from South Georgia Tech, and has attended numerous maintenance schools throughout his career to work on aircraft including the L188, DC9, CV640, DHC6, DHC7, EMB110, EMB120, SD360, Metro II and III and Canadair Regional Jets.

As the vice president of Maintenance, Mike leads the strategic planning for ExpressJet’s Maintenance division, which encompasses aircraft maintenance at 17 ExpressJet maintenance facilities, engineering, quality control, production control, technical training and materiel.

After serving in the U.S. Navy as a jet engine mechanic for four years, Mike began his civilian career as a mechanic at Overseas National Airways in 1979. His background includes line maintenance and overhaul maintenance on numerous aircraft types, repair and overhaul of aircraft engines, liaison with the FAA, director of Quality and several leadership positions. Mike most recently served as the vice president of Maintenance at our sister company, SkyWest Airlines.

Mike is an avid NASCAR fan and enjoys reading and rebuilding old cars. He and his wife Mary have two daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.

Cathy Harris

Vice President – People Resources

In her 20 years in the industry, there are two important things Cathy has come to know well: the complex business of airline operations and the hard-working employees who make them successful. As the head of People Resources, Cathy is in charge of developing and leading the programs that provide the support our more than 9,000 employees deserve.

Cathy’s background is diverse and has given her exposure to many facets of airline operations. She started her aviation career in 1994 as a reservation agent for Continental Airlines, and then moved to the airport as a front-line operations agent. From there, she was promoted to roles as training manager, manager and senior manager of Inflight Training & Regulatory Compliance, and director of Training & Regulatory Compliance. In 2003, she became the senior director of Training & Standards at ExpressJet Airlines before becoming the senior director of Strategic Development and Operational Planning, and, most recently, the senior director of Human Resources.

Outside of work, Cathy spends time with her daughters.

Brandee Reynolds

Vice President – Inflight Services

About 19 years ago, Brandee might have been your flight attendant on one of ExpressJet Airlines’ flights, providing the same superior customer service she stands behind today as the vice president of Inflight Services.

In her role, Brandee is responsible for all operations, training and contract oversight for the Inflight division. When she accepted the position in August 2008, one of her top priorities was to refresh Inflight’s focus on the highest customer service standards, by way of more hands-on, interactive training. Since then, Customer Satisfaction scores, measured in Delta Air Lines’ quarterly Customer Satisfaction survey, have seen steady improvement, and scores for United Airlines’ United Promoter customer survey have also been very strong.

After her two-and-a-half years as a flight attendant, Brandee held roles as flight attendant supervisor, manager of Inflight Operations, director of Inflight Operations and director of Labor Contract Administration.

Brandee resides in Newnan, Ga., with her husband and two children.

Brad Sheehan

Vice President – Flight Operations

Brad leads our Flight Operations division where he is responsible for the daily operations of more than 4,000 pilots and all Flight Operations functions, including training, standards, operations and regulatory compliance.

With a degree in Aviation Management from Auburn University, Brad began his career at Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 1997 as a pilot based in Atlanta. In his 17 years with ExpressJet, he’s served as a line check airman, instructor pilot, project manager and chief pilot. He served as the director of Corporate Safety, Security and Compliance from 2010 to 2013 where he was  instrumental in launching numerous safety programs including our Safety Management System (SMS), which is one of the most robust in the industry.

Brad resides in Atlanta, Ga., with his wife and son.

Terry Vais

Vice President – Operations, Planning & Support

Since his start in the industry in 1990, Terry has gained experience in many areas of airline operations, providing him the expertise he relies on today to ensure the safety and compliance of all contracted ground operations and to strengthen partnerships that support ExpressJet’s passengers, team members and operation.

As the vice president of Operations, Planning & Support, Terry oversees partner relations, airport operations, market planning and development, ground-handling training, properties and facilities and Operations Control Center functions including dispatch.

After serving four years active duty in the Marine Corps, Terry held a number of senior-level positions at SkyWest Airlines. Prior to joining ExpressJet in 2008, he was the director of Hub Operations at Los Angeles International Airport.

Terry resides in Newnan, Ga., with his wife.

Kevin Wade

Vice President – Finance and Controller

Kevin manages the finances of the world’s largest regional airline. In his role, he oversees and directs ExpressJet’s financial management strategy, including annual and long-term operating and capital budgeting, planning, forecasting and financial analysis. In this capacity, he is also responsible for managing contract terms with ExpressJet’s three mainline partners.

Kevin joined ExpressJet in 2005 as the director of Finance, serving in various leadership roles before becoming the vice president of Finance and Controller in 2008. Prior to joining ExpressJet, he worked in the Finance division at SkyWest Airlines.

Kevin graduated from Southern Utah University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and later earned a master’s in business administration. He lives in Peachtree City, Ga. with his wife, Tiffany, and their three children.

Kevin Wade

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