Alaska Air Group Chief Executive Officer Brad Tilden will retire from the position on March 31, 2021, and current president Ben Minicucci will take his place, the Alaska Air Group’s board of directors announced today.

Tilden was CEO for eight years and will stay on as Alaska’s board chair. Minicucci has been with the company for 16 years in several roles.

“Ben has proven himself over a long career as a person who cares passionately about our people and our culture, as a leader who builds strong teams and produces results, and as a person who will work tirelessly to push this great company forward,” Tilden said in a press release. “He has earned this role, and I look forward to supporting him as board chair.”

Alaska Air Group lead independent director Patricia Bedient cited a multi-year planning process for this transition, according to the press release.

“The board has complete confidence in Ben’s ability to lead Alaska to great success in the years to come. We are also grateful to Brad for his outstanding leadership during his eight years as CEO. With Ben as CEO and Brad continuing as chair, Alaska’s future is bright,” Bedient said.