Bonnie ReitzARC has named airline industry veteran Bonnie Reitz as chairwoman.

Reitz succeeds David Landuyt, who now has the honorary position of chairman emeritus in recognition of his 24 years of service on the board, ARC said.

Reitz began her career at Eastern Airlines in 1977. She was also senior vice president of marketing, sales and distribution for Continental Airlines, where ARC said she focused heavily on rebuilding the airline’s relationships with travel agencies.

Most recently, she founded and is president of InsideOut-Culture to Customer, a management consultancy based in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Mike Premo, ARC’s president and CEO, said that Reitz's “background and experience on the air carrier side of our industry, coupled with her appreciation of the value of travel agencies, uniquely qualify her for this role.”

“In addition, Bonnie’s knowledge of corporate governance best practices from her service on the boards of public, private and nonprofit organizations will make her a great asset to both ARC management and the board as our only truly ‘independent’ director,” Premo said.

Reitz stated, “ARC is a unique and vital organization, which through its many innovations over the years, has helped airlines and travel sellers work smarter, faster, and more economically.”

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