ATI Airlines Elects New President


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ATI Airlines Elects New President

Steve Hall

January 11, 2011 - Air Transport Services Group, announced Jim Hobson is retiring after more than 12 years at Air Transport International and that Cynthia Treadwell-McConnell has been elected as president of Air Transport International, a cargo airline subsidiary of ATSG.  

Air Transport International is an airline based in Little Rock, Arkansas. It operates worldwide cargo and combi charters for the express package industry and freight forwarders, as well as for the United States Department of Defense and the automotive industry. It also wet-leases aircraft. Its main base is Toledo Express Airport.  

Mrs. McConnell is currently vice president and chief financial officer of ATI. On March 31, she will succeed James L. Hobson, Jr., who is retiring after 12 years as president and CEO. McConnell, 44, is an experienced financial professional who joined ATI in June 2000 following four years at Continental Airlines, where she was Managing Director, Finance.

Earlier, she served in multiple audit roles for Ernst & Young, and as a corporate auditor at PepsiCo in Dallas. She holds a bachelors degree in accounting and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Joe Hete, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATSG, said, ?Cindi McConnell has made significant contributions improving our financial and management operations at ATI, using techniques and expertise she developed at Continental and elsewhere throughout her career. I?m sure she will continue the performance improvements that Jim Hobson has initiated at ATI, which have contributed to significantly improved results for ATSG shareholders.?  

Hobson joined ATI as president & CEO in May 1998, shortly after retiring from a 32-year career in the U.S. Air Force as a major general. He was commander of the Air Force Special Operations Command. He received a Bachelors degree from Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), and masters? degrees from the University of Southern California and the U.S. Navy War College.  

?Under Jim Hobson?s leadership, ATI has dramatically expanded and improved its air cargo capabilities around the globe,? Hete added. ?His military career included a wide range of highly complex air missions involving advanced technical skills and outstanding performance. The customers of ATI received the same extra-mile dedication and commitment to their needs as Jim displayed in the military. We thank him for his service and wish him well in retirement.?


ATSG is a leading provider of air cargo transportation and related services to domestic and foreign air carriers and other companies that outsource their air cargo lift requirements. Through its principal subsidiaries, including three airlines with separate and distinct U.S. FAA Part 121 Air Carrier certificates, ATSG provides air cargo lift, aircraft leasing, aircraft maintenance services, airport ground services, fuel management, specialized transportation management, and air charter brokerage services.

ATSG?s subsidiaries include ABX Air, Inc., Air Transport International, LLC, Capital Cargo International Airlines, Inc., Cargo Aircraft Management, Inc., and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc.

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