Carol Skornicka's replacement.

Old Oct 22, 07, 6:34 pm
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Carol Skornicka's replacement.

Looks like Carol will be retired by the end of the year. I hope Michael Brophy has something orginal to say other than "thrilled" when he communicates with the public.
Aurora's Brophy flies off to Midwest Air Group
Monday October 22, 6:38 pm ET

Midwest Air Group Inc., operator of Midwest Airlines, has hired Michael Brophy as vice president of corporate communications effective Nov. 5.
In his new role, Brophy will oversee the company's corporate communications, including media relations, news and financial communications, employee communications, public affairs, and crisis management communications. He will also be responsible for the airline's community relations efforts.

Brophy currently serves as communications director for Aurora Health Care's Milwaukee Metro and Kettle Moraine regions. Prior to joining Aurora in 2005, he spent 13 years with Milwaukee-based Miller Brewing Co. in a variety of roles, including director of corporate communications, director of regional state affairs and director of public affairs.

He has also worked in marketing communications and advertising/public relations agencies, in state government and has managed political campaigns.

"Midwest Airlines is certainly fortunate to have someone with his knowledge and experience to join our team during this pivotal time in our history," Timothy Hoeksema, Midwest's chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Carol Skornicka, who has served as Midwest's senior vice president of corporate affairs, general counsel and secretary, has served as Midwest's public spokeswoman since 2003. She announced earlier this year that she had planned to retire, but those plans were temporarily put on hold as Midwest Air Group worked to fight off a hostile takeover attempt by rival AirTran Holdings Inc. (NYSE: AAI - News), the Orlando, Fla.-based operator of AirTran Airways.

AirTran backed off the deal in August when, after a bidding war, Midwest Air (AMEX: MEH - News) agreed to be acquired by TPG Capital, a Fort Worth, Texas, private equity firm, in a $451 million transaction that's backed financially by Midwest's Eagan, Minn.-based rival, Northwest Airlines Corp. (NYSE: NWA - News). The transaction will make Midwest Air Group a private company controlled solely by TPG.

Skornicka couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

Published October 22, 2007 by The Business Journal
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