Jim Landers was appointed vice president for maintenance and engineering at Hawaiian Airlines in July 2015.He is responsible for the strategic direction, profitability and leadership of the company’s maintenance and engineering function, including establishment of a business and operating strategy focused on safety, quality and operational performance. Landers joined Hawaiian Airlines in October 2013 serving as director of strategic initiatives, where he managed a broad portfolio of projects targeting operational efficiency and risk mitigation. He has extensive military experience in the areas of operations and strategic planning, having served as director of operations for the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, commanding officer of  USS Makin Island and executive assistant to the commander at Naval Air Forces, Pacific, in San Diego.

Landers holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy & International Relations from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University in Washington, D.C.