HONOLULU, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Amex: HA; PCX), today announced the appointment of Donald Sealey as vice president of corporate audit.
A Certified Public Accountant with 24 years of diversified, private industry financial experience -- featuring a decade in accounting and auditing for airlines -- Sealey will be responsible for leading Hawaiian's internal audit function, including direct oversight of the company's compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley act.
"We're very pleased to welcome a seasoned airline professional of Don's caliber to Hawaiian's executive team," said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian's chief financial officer. "Strengthening our corporate audit function is an important step to developing a world-class finance department for Hawaiian Airlines. This appointment will bolster our compliance efforts on several levels, while simultaneously reducing our spending on outside professionals."
Hawaiian Holdings' Audit Committee Chairman Don Carty praised the hiring of Sealey. "The spotlight on corporate audit activities has never been brighter. Bringing Don Sealey aboard will be a great help to Hawaiian in effectively managing today's complicated regulatory and compliance environment," noted Carty.
Sealey most recently served as director of recruiting for Resources Global Professionals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before that, he accrued 10 years of senior airline accounting experience at ATA Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, all of which involved duties and projects that provides him with a solid foundation for his new responsibilities at Hawaiian.
Sealey graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma in 1981, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. He earned a CPA license in 1985.
His professional membership affiliations include the American Institute of Certified Professional Accountants, the Institute of Internal Auditors (Indianapolis Board of Governors), and the Air Transport Association Audit Panel (as past chairman).
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian was the nation's number one carrier for on-time service, fewest flight cancellations and best baggage service reliability in 2005, according to reports by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer travel surveys conducted by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and Zagat all rank Hawaiian as the top domestic airline serving Hawaii.
Now in its 77th year of continuous service in Hawaii, Hawaiian is the state's biggest and longest-serving airline, and the second largest provider of passenger air service between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawaii from more U.S. gateway cities than any other airline (nine), as well as service to Australia, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 100 daily jet flights among the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (Amex: HA; PCX). Additional information is available at HawaiianAirlines.com.
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