INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET) announced today that Matt Koscal has been named the Company’s Vice President of Human Resources (“HR”). Koscal will join Republic Airways Holdings (“Republic”) effective April 1, 2014, and will lead the Company’s HR organization, including talent acquisition and retention, management and leadership development, corporate communications, and compensation and benefits.
Koscal has spent the past eight years at Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (“Takeda”), the largest pharmaceutical company in Japan with over 30,000 employees and over $16 billion in revenue. During the past six years, he served as the Director, Corporate Partnerships for the company’s oncology business unit in Cambridge, Mass. He was responsible for leading cross-functional change initiatives that redefined Takeda’s customer engagement strategies and leveraged innovative informatics and e-marketing solutions. Before joining Takeda in 2006, Koscal worked for Roche Diagnostics, as a Manager of Sales Operations, and he began his career as a graduate of Abbott Laboratories’ Financial Professional Development Program.
“I am thrilled to welcome Matt to the Republic Airways family. Matt is a proven and talented executive who brings substantial experience in organizational development to the Republic management team, and I look forward to working with him to ensure we’re taking care of our most important asset, our people,” said Republic Airways Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Bedford.
Koscal earned his bachelor’s in management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Additionally, he completed executive training programs at the Wharton School of Executive Education and the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C. Matt and his family live in Carmel, Ind., where they actively serve their community through leadership roles at their church and in local Catholic education.
“I am proud to serve the over 6,400 team members of the Republic team who are responsible for delivering on the Company’s commitment to quality customer service for our passengers and our brand partners. Our best competitive advantage is our people, and we will continue to invest in initiatives that attract, develop, and retain the best people,” Koscal said.
Koscal replaces Richard “Dick” Meyer, who last month announced his retirement from the Company after nearly 25 years in the airline industry. Meyer joined Republic in August of 2011, and before that spent about 20 years at former Indianapolis-based carrier ATA Airlines. Meyer’s distinguished career also included HR roles at Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Ind., and as a newspaper reporter in Southern Indiana.
Republic Airways Holdings, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is an airline holding company that owns Chautauqua Airlines, Republic Airlines and Shuttle America, collectively “the airlines.” The airlines operate a combined fleet of about 250 aircraft and offer scheduled passenger service on over 1,400 flights daily to more than 110 cities in the U.S., Canada and the Bahamas through fixed-fee flights operated under our major airline partner brands, including American Eagle, Delta Connection, United Express, and US Airways Express. The airlines currently employ about 6,400 aviation professionals. For more information about Republic Airways, visit the Company’s website at www.rjet.com.