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Frank Discussions

At the intersection of business and education, Frank Discussions is a series of brief executive interviews with the leaders defining innovation and industry today and tomorrow. Hosted by Frank Hodge, the Orin & Janet Smith Endowed Dean at the University of Washington’s Michael G. Foster School of Business, Frank Discussions looks beyond the business decisions making headlines to shed light on how and why great leaders do what they do.

Brad Tilden

Chair, Alaska Airlines Board of Directors
CEO of Alaska Airlines (2012-2021)

headshot of Brad Tilden, Board Chair of Alaska AirlinesBrad Tilden currently serves as board chair of Alaska Airlines and board chair of Horizon Air. Under the leadership of Tilden and his team, Alaska is focusing on low fares, profitable growth of the route network, and creating an airline people love. Tilden is a 30-year veteran of Alaska Airlines. He previously served Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines as Executive Vice President of Finance and Planning, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller. He was President of Alaska Airlines from 2008 to 2016, and has been Chief Executive Officer from 2012-2021.

Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

A Seattle native, Tilden grew up a few miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where he developed an early love of aviation. He holds a commercial pilot’s license and enjoys cycling and outdoor time with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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Diana Birkett Rakow

Vice President, External Relations, Alaska Airlines
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Ken Denman

Venture Partner & Board Member, Sway Ventures
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Kevin Johnson

President & Chief Executive Officer, Starbucks
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Erik Nordstrom

Chief Executive Officer, Nordstrom, Inc.
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Stein Kruse

Group Chief Executive Officer, Holland America Group & Carnival UK
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Phyllis Campbell

Chairman, Pacific Northwest, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
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Annie Young-Scrivner

CEO, GODIVA Chocolatier, Inc.
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