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Jeff Pinneo, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Pinneo, former CEO and president of Horizon Air, retired in June 2010 after nearly 29 years with the company. He helped Horizon Air expand markets and revenues and extend the reach and preference of the Horizon and Alaska brands. Under his leadership, Horizon Air was named Regional Airline of the Year by Air Transport World in 2007.
"Through decades of service to the world’s most vulnerable, Medical Teams International has established itself as a leader in global relief and development and a regional point of pride here in the Northwest," said Pinneo. "I am thrilled to work with this great team to expand the positive impact of the mission, both at home and around the world. The prospect is both challenging and humbling."
While Jeff is best known for his professional work in the airline industry, he has devoted a great deal of his life to charitable organizations, including Medical Teams International. He has volunteered with the agency since 2006 and served on its board since 2008. Jeff currently serves on the board of Pacific Continental Bank and advisory boards of Seattle Pacific University Center for Integrity in Business and Point Loma Nazarene University. He has also served on the advisory board of Washington State University College of Business.
Bill Essig has worked in international relief and development for over 30 years. He spent seven years in country director and regional roles in Asia and Africa and 20 years in executive leadership roles initiating programs in more than 40 countries. In May 2000, Bill became the Vice President of Programs at Medical Teams International, supervising and managing all aspects of international development and emergency relief programs, activities, strategic partnerships and field offices. He provides leadership to the organization’s disaster responses and oversees the planning and implementation of quality development programs. Previously, Bill was the Vice President of International Programs at Mercy Corps. Prior to that, he was the Thailand Country Director and West Africa Director for World Concern and an MBA Assistant Professor in International Business and Leadership at George Fox University Education: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, M.P.A., Regent College, Vancouver, Canada, Graduate Diploma in Christian Studies and Miami University, Ohio, B.A. in English.
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