TWA Shakes Up Its Executive Ranks
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Several high-ranking officials at Trans World Airlines will be changing jobs in the company’s first major personnel moves since union workers agreed to a new labor contract.
The airline announced the moves Tuesday, just days after workers announced they had accepted the 18-month contract agreement negotiated by company officials and union leaders.
TWA elevated two key employees to vice president and gave two other vice presidents new responsibilities. The airline announced two more top managers are leaving as part of the transition.
``In taking this action, we are recognizing the achievement of some of our best performers and presenting new challenges to the senior managers we expect to lead TWA to a successful future,″ President William F. Compton said.
TWA is based in St. Louis and uses Lambert Field as its main hub.
The new labor contracts with the International Association of Machinists affect about 16,000 mechanics, baggage handlers, flight attendants and other workers. The airline negotiated a new contract with its pilots last year.
TWA is hoping the agreements will serve as the foundation for a closer, more cooperative relationship with its unionized employees, who are part owners of the company.
TWA promoted Lisbeth Lee Beth Mack to vice president for in-flight services. She will oversee TWAs 3,900 flight attendants and supervise the planning and execution of its on-board programs. Mack succeeds Joyce Coleman, whose retirement takes effect Sunday.
The airline promoted William P. Scott Bush to vice president for sales. He will be responsible for all North American sales activities.
Joseph R. Vilmain, who had been vice president for sales, is now vice president for cargo.
Bob Uttmark, who had headed TWAs cargo operations, has left the company.
TWA also promoted Norma H. Kaehler to vice president for government affairs. She is based in Washington, D.C., and oversees the airline’s relations with federal and state agencies.