NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Seattle I Alaska Air Group Board's Role in the Virgin America Acquisition

January 10, 2017
Seattle, WA



Please join us for a “fireside chat” with Brad Tilden, CEO and Chairman of Alaska Air Group and Patty Bedient, Lead Independent Director, Alaska Air Group as they discuss the Alaska board’s role in the Virgin America acquisition.  Significant acquisitions are some of the most challenging decisions a Board can face.  They are inherently fraught with risk and must be reviewed from many different angles.  There can be conflicting views between management and the Board.  Alaska Air Group has long been known as a company with strong governance.  Come and hear how Brad and his team worked with the board from beginning to end.  We expect this to be a lively, interactive session.

Must be a director to attend.

Program sponsored by

KPMG  Perkins Coie new high res

Location and Time


The Ruins
570 Roy Street
Seattle, WA 98109

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Registration and networking

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Fireside Chat

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Networking Reception with drinks and appetizers

Speaker Spotlight


Patricia M. Bedient

Patricia M. Bedient (Patty), formerly CFO and Executive Vice President of Weyerhaeuser Company retired as of July 2016. She currently serves on the board of directors of Alaska Air Group where she is the Lead Independent Director and member of the Gov\Nom and Audit Committees, and Suncor Energy, Inc. where she is a member of the Audit and Environmental Health and Safety Committees. Her not for profit service includes the Oregon State University board of trustees, Chair-Elect and board member of Overlake Hospital Medical Center, and the advisory board for the University of Washington College of Business. In 2012, Patty achieved national recognition when Wall Street Journal named her one of the Top 25 CFOs in the S&P 500. Puget Sound Business Journal named her among the 2012 Women of Influence and previously recognized her work when they named her 2011 CFO of the Year. Patty joined Weyerhaeuser in 2003 as Vice President, strategic planning; from 2006 until 2007, she served as Senior Vice President, finance and strategic planning and CFO from 2007 until February 2016. She led Weyerhaeuser’s strategy for REIT conversion in 2010 as well as the spin-offs of two major business segments. She was also instrumental in its most recent acquisition of Plum Creek, a timber REIT.

Bill Tilden

Brad Tilden serves as the chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group and Alaska Airlines. Alaska flies more than 200 aircraft to 114 destinations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica and has 15,200 employees. Alaska has grown significantly over the years and is a Fortune 500 company. Tilden is a 25-year veteran of Alaska Air Group. He has previously served as executive vice president of finance and planning, chief financial officer, and corporate controller. Before joining Alaska, he spent eight years with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Lutheran University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington. Tilden was ranked #22 among the Top 50 Corporate Leaders in America by Fortune magazine in 2015. He has also been recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as Executive of the Year, and by the Boy Scouts of America as a Distinguished Eagle Scout. Tilden serves on the boards of the Washington Roundtable, the Boy Scouts of America, Pacific Lutheran University, and Nordstorm. Additionally, he chairs the board of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce.



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Question about this Event?

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