HONOLULU- Hawaiian Airlines Inc. (ASE and PCX: HA) announced the appointment of Edward W. Pinion to the newly created position of Vice President - Purchasing, effective March 1, 1999. Reporting directly to John L. Garibaldi, Hawaiian's executive vice president and chief financial officer, Pinion will oversee the company's system-wide procurement activities and coordinate the company's fuel procurement over its system-wide operations.
"With purchasing and procurement accounting for approximately 25 percent of the company's total operating expenses, we're pleased and fortunate to have someone of Ed's calibre to manage this substantial part of our business. Ed brings to Hawaiian Airlines the highest level of expertise in the area of jet fuel procurement, which represents 16 percent of our operating expenses," Garibaldi said.
A former U.S. Navy Captain, Pinion has extensive experience in aviation and marine fuels management. For the past three years, he was manager of aviation fuels for BHP / Tesoro, with responsibility for managing all aspects of a $350 million business segment.
Prior to joining BHP, he was Commander of the Defense Fuel Region, Pacific, and Commander of the Defense Logistics Agency, Pacific, at Camp H.M. Smith, where he was responsible for U.S. Department of Defense petroleum logistics and planning.
Before his transfer to Hawaii in 1992, Pinion was Director of Facilities Management at the Defense Fuel Supply Center in Virginia.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he earned a Master's degree in petroleum management from the University of Kansas, and has studied management at the University of Georgia, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Duke University.
Now in its 70th year, Hawaiian Airlines is Hawaii's longest-serving and largest airline and the nation's 12th largest carrier. Hawaiian's fleet of McDonnell Douglas DC-9s provides award-winning service on more than 150 jet flights daily among the islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian also operates widebody DC-10 flights daily between Hawaii and the U.S. mainland. Its South Pacific service links Honolulu with American Samoa and Tahiti.