Jerry Atkin, CEO of SkyWest, Inc., says it's hard to put a finger on exactly how board member Peg Billson's gender contributes to the board's effective governance.
Regardless, the SkyWest
board intentionally sought out a woman to fill a vacant board position when it recruited Billson
Billson is president and CEO of aftermarket services for BBA Aviation, a global aviation services provider.
With more than 25 years in the aerospace industry, she
is eminently qualified to serve as a board member for SkyWest-or
any other public company.
Atkin says Billson
is a tremendous asset to SkyWest
is grateful for her
presence on the board.
just doesn't believe that her
contributions are colored by her
is committed to the idea of gender diversity throughout the SkyWest organization
"We want our employees to know, from the top to the bottom, that we are serious about diversity," he
"And it's real diversity, not token diversity," he
adds, referring to the fact that Billson
met all the experience and skill requirements the board was seeking-it didn't have to lower its standards to find a female candidate.
If we were to lose Peg
, we would seek out another female."
When the board recruited Billson
in 2006, it found a handful of women.