PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mesa Air Group, Inc. (the "Company") announced today the appointment of Christopher J. Pappaioanou as President of go!, the Company’s low-cost interisland division in Hawaii. Pappaioanou has served a variety of roles within Mesa’s Legal and Human Resources departments since joining the Company in 2001, having first started his career with the airline as a ramp agent in Telluride, Colorado, and serving most recently as Vice President & General Counsel. Prior to working at Mesa, he was an associate at the national law firm Ogletree Deakins in Charleston, S.C. Pappaioanou holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.
Mesa is also pleased to announce Brian Gillman’s return as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Mesa Air Group. Gillman previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Mesa Air Group, Inc., from 2001 to 2011. Since 2011, Gillman served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Global Aviation Holdings. He began his airline career as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Vanguard Airlines. Gillman holds a J.D. degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and a B.B.A. degree in Accounting from the University of Iowa.
“We are delighted to have Chris in his new role guiding the team at go!. We are confident that his leadership, dedication and hard work will be a welcomed addition. Given his diverse background over his years at Mesa, Chris is particularly well suited to tackle the many tasks he will have at go! as President. We also offer a very warm welcome to our old friend Brian in his return as the airline’s chief legal officer. Brian has done a tremendous job in the past, and we look forward to his participation on the Mesa team,” said Jonathan Ornstein, Mesa Air Group Chairman and CEO.
Mesa currently operates 71 aircraft with approximately 425 daily system departures to 82 cities, 32 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Mesa operates as US Airways Express and United Express under contractual agreements with US Airways and United Airlines, respectively, and independently as go!. This operation links Honolulu to the neighbor island airports of Hilo, Kahului, Kona and Lihue. The Company was founded by Larry and Janie Risley in New Mexico in 1982.