SkyWest, Inc.’s executive leadership team is focused on delivering the best operational performance in the industry and taking good care of the nearly 20,000 aviation professionals who work at SkyWest.
President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyWest, Inc.
Russell "Chip" Childs joined SkyWest Airlines in 2001 as Vice President – Controller, served as President and COO of SkyWest Airlines from 2007-2014 and became CEO of SkyWest, Inc. in January 2016. 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.
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, and he is proficient in Italian.
Robert holds a bachelor’s degree 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.
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 before becoming the Chief Commercial Officer. 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. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Vice President of Information Technology for 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 of 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.
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.