Ronald W. Allen
Ronald W. Allen was appointed to our Board on August 2, 2006. Mr. Allen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron’s, Inc. from February 2012 until his retirement effective August 31, 2014. Mr. Allen also resigned from the Board of Directors of Aaron’s, Inc. effective August 31, 2014. In November 2012, Mr. Allen was appointed Chairman of the Board of Aaron’s, Inc., where he had served as a Director since 1997. Mr. Allen served as interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Aaron’s, Inc. from November 2011 to February 2012. Mr. Allen retired as the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc., one of the world’s largest global airlines, in July 1997. From July 1997 through July 2005, Mr. Allen was a consultant to, and Advisory Director of, Delta. He was elected a director of Forward Air Corporation in November 2014. He previously served as a Director of Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Inc. from 2006 to 2010, Forward Air Corporation from 2011 to 2013 and Guided Therapeutics Inc. from 2008 to January 31, 2014. He is also a Director of The Coca-Cola Company. The Board has determined that Mr. Allen is “financially literate” as defined by NYSE rules and is a “financial expert” as defined by SEC regulations. Mr. Allen brings strong leadership and extensive experience in human resources, operations, strategic planning and financial matters relevant to the airline industry to the Board, and he provides valuable insight in these areas to the Board and to the Company’s management. Mr. Allen also maintains high-level contacts with airlines which are customers of the Company or which may in the future be customers of the Company.