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Northwest Airlines Hires TWA Veteran To Head Operations

April 1, 1988

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) _ William D. Slattery, a 16-year veteran of TWA, has been hired by Northwest Airlines to head the Minnesota-based carrier’s flight, maintenance, cargo and ground handling operations.

Slattery, 45, replaces Benjamin Griggs Jr., who was promoted earlier this week to executive vice president of NWA Inc., the parent company of Northwest, the carrier announced Thursday.

Slattery, who will carry the title of vice president of operations, also will handle the duties of Tom Koors, the executive vice president of customer services who resigned last week, the company said.

Slattery’s most immediate challenge is to reconcile the policies and practices of former Northwest and Republic Airlines flight and maintenance operations.

Northwest merged with Republic in August 1986. The combined airline has continued to operate internally as two airlines, although marketing, financial and accounting functions have been merged.

Slattery’s appointment is the latest in a series of changes designed to bring the airline’s operating functions under a single responsibility, said Steven Rothmeier, Northwest chairman and chief executive officer.

Slattery also will be faced with helping to reach contracts with pilots and the International Association of Machinists, the union that represents 20,000 mechanics, baggage handlers, reservations agents and transportation agents.

Slattery is perhaps best know for getting Braniff Inc. off the ground again in March 1984 after its bankruptcy and reorganization in 1982. Slattery was president of Braniff for less than a year when he resigned amid speculation that Braniff Chairman Jay Pritzker was undermining his authority.

Slattery, who began his airline career as a sales representative for Trans World Airlines Inc., became vice president of TWA’s international division before leaving for Braniff.

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