SkyWest, Inc. - Bridging the Regional Gap

 Executive Profiles

Photo of Jerry C. Atkin Jerry C. Atkin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, Inc.

Jerry C. Atkin joined SkyWest in 1974 as Director of Finance. Shortly thereafter, at age 26, he became the youngest President of a scheduled airline. Jerry has served as Chief Executive Officer since 1975 and was elected as Chairman of the Board in June 1991. He has led the Company from annual revenues of under $1 million to more than $4.5 billion.

Jerry obtained a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Utah, and practiced as a Certified Public Accountant for two years prior to joining SkyWest.

Jerry currently serves on the Board of Directors of Zion's Bancorporation, and is a member of the Utah Board of Regents.

He and his wife, Carolyn, live in St. George, Utah. They have a daughter, three sons, and three grandsons.

Photo of Chip Childs Chip Childs
President of SkyWest, Inc.

Russell "Chip" Childs joined SkyWest Airlines in 2001 as vice president – controller, and served as President and COO of SkyWest Airlines from 2007-2014. Joining SkyWest at a significant time in the airline’s history, Chip has proven instrumental in SkyWest’s evolution as a part of the world’s largest regional airline alliance.

In his time at the helm of SkyWest Airlines in 2007, Chip guided SkyWest Airlines through some of the industry’s most challenging times while keeping the airline’s workforce engaged and breaking new ground in the industry’s model. His commitment to SkyWest’s people, coupled with his management of the airline’s partner carrier relationships, financial planning and internal controls have proven invaluable in his previous and now current roles. He was integral in solidifying contracts and relationships with SkyWest’s major partners, and played an important role in SkyWest Inc.’s acquisition of Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 2005. His value-based, innovative approach continues to successfully create opportunity and provide value for SkyWest stakeholders.

Prior to his employment with SkyWest, Chip worked in public accounting for five and a half years as an audit manager, assisting many large corporations with financial accounting and SEC reporting. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and master's degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Chip resides in St. George with his wife Jennifer, their three sons and daughter.


Photo of Robert Simmons Robert J. Simmons
Chief Financial Officer of SkyWest, Inc.

Robert Simmons was named SkyWest, Inc. Chief Financial Officer in 2014. In this position, he oversees all financial controls, capital management, financing and accounting processes for the holding company.

Prior to joining SkyWest, Robert had extensive background in corporate finance and public companies, including Iomega, Oracle, eTrade Financial and Bank of America Corp. He has served on various Boards and as Chairman and board member of the Association for Financial Professionals. He has been interviewed as a financial expert in various print and broadcast media. He is proficient in Italian.

Robert holds a bachelor’s in international business from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. He resides in Utah and has four children.


Photo of Wade Steel Wade Steel
Chief Commercial Officer of SkyWest, Inc.

Wade Steel joined the SkyWest Airlines leadership team in 2007 and served as Vice President – Controller of SkyWest Airlines from 2011-2014. He was named Executive Vice President of SkyWest, Inc. in 2014. In this position, he oversees all contract management and financial planning and analysis for the holding company.

Prior to his time at SkyWest, Wade spent seven years in public accounting, providing audit and advisory services to companies in the transportation, manufacturing, software and financial services industries. Wade is a certified public accountant with bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.


Photo of Jim Jensen Jim Jensen
Vice President of Information Technology of SkyWest, Inc.

Jim began his career with SkyWest in 1977, providing ground handling and customer service support for SkyWest flights in St. George and later in Salt Lake City.

He earned an associate degree from Dixie College and a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Utah. After graduation, he spent five years in Denver and Dallas as a systems engineer and corporate auditor with Electronic Data Systems. He also became licensed in Texas as a Certified Public Accountant.

He returned to SkyWest in 1990 as Director Management Information Systems. He was named Senior Director of Information Services in 2000, and appointed Vice President of Information Technology in May 2001.

He and his wife, Rose, live in St. George, Utah and have three children.

Photo of Eric Woodward Eric Woodward
Chief Accounting Officer of SkyWest, Inc.

Eric joined SkyWest as Director - Financial Planning and Analysis in April 2004. He was named Vice President - Controller in April 2007 and in 2011, Eric was appointed Chief Accounting Officer of SkyWest, Inc. & subsidiaries. In this position Eric is responsible for the accounting, reporting, SEC compliance, financial analysis, corporate taxation and internal controls of the Company.

Eric has a strong financial background from his public accounting experience where he spent seven years providing audit and advisory services to companies in the transportation, manufacturing and distribution, hospitality and software industries.

He has a bachelor's and master's degree in Accounting from the University of Utah, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

He and his wife, Annie, live in St. George, Utah, with their four children.

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