Pinnacle Names New CEO

 - June 26, 2011, 6:45 AM

Former Frontier Airlines boss Sean Menke will succeed Phil Trenary as CEO of Memphis-based Pinnacle Airlines, the regional carrier announced in late May. A managing partner at Denver-based Vista Strategic Group, Menke assumes his new duties on July 1. Trenary resigned his position on March 24, leaving interim leadership of the company to chairman of the board Donald Breeding. Menke also becomes a member of the company’s board of directors.

Menke, 42, brings 20 years of airline management experience to Pinnacle. He previously served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Republic Airways and president and CEO of Republic subsidiary Frontier Airlines. Before his stint with Republic, he served as executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Air Canada and senior v-p and COO at Frontier, where he also led the airline’s marketing department and held v-p positions in planning and revenue management. He also held management positions with United Airlines, Western Pacific Airlines and America West Airlines.