HONOLULU – Hawaiian Airlines has announced the appointment of Rod Urbano to the position of director – strategic initiatives in its strategy and transformation division. In this role, he is responsible for leading cross-functional teams to execute high-impact strategic projects and overseeing internal and external tactical business initiatives.

“Rod’s extensive background in aviation and logistical operations is essential as our company reaches new heights,” said Ron Anderson-Lehman, Hawaiian Airlines’ executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “His experience in implementing innovative and results-driven procedures will continue to allow us to stand apart from our competitors.”

Urbano brings more than 25 years of experience in global aviation operations, risk management, strategic procurement and operational safety to Hawaiian Airlines. His diverse background in the U.S. Navy and military forces led to his distinguished career as chief of staff – commander, Anti-Submarine Warfare Force 3rd Fleet at Pearl Harbor. Previously, he served in key operational and staff assignments including commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 at Kāneʻohe Bay; deputy chief of staff for Operations, Plans and Training, Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces 5th and 7th Fleet at Misawa, Japan; and commanding officer, Patrol Squadron 9 at Kāneʻohe Bay. In total, Urbano has amassed more than 3,500 flight hours that include close to 100 combat support missions across the Middle East, Balkans and the Western Pacific.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and a Master of Science in National Security and Strategy from the National War College in Washington, D.C. He also received his Bachelors in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

About Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 11 years (2004-2014) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai‘i.

Now in its 86th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai‘i’s biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. Mainland. Hawaiian offers non-stop service to Hawai‘i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

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