Sun Country Names Jude Bricker as New CEO
Just days after announcing the forced departure of its CEO, Sun Country Airlines has appointed a replacement.
On Monday, the Eagan-based carrier named Jude Bricker, an executive from Allegiant Air, as its new president and chief executive.
Bricker replaces Marty Davis, the chairman of Sun Country who recently stepped in as interim CEO after asking Zarir Erani, the company’s former CEO, to step down.
“We are pleased to have Jude Bricker joining us at Sun Country to lead our organization forward,” Davis said in a statement. “Our ongoing challenge is to grow this business in the most optimal manner, and do so within the market opportunities before us. Jude will lead that effort.”
On paper, Bricker is a better fit to lead Sun Country compared to his predecessor. His career in the airline industry began in 2004 in the finance department of American Airlines. After two years, he joined low-cost carrier Allegiant Air as a manager. Bricker steadily rose through the ranks, eventually becoming chief operations officer and executive vice president of the Las Vegas-based carrier in 2016.
This is in stark contrast to Erani, who took over as CEO of Sun Country about two years ago and had no significant experience working in the commercial aviation industry. Previously, he served as chief information officer at Hallmark Business Connections, the business-to-business subsidiary of Hallmark Cards.
“Erani will be involved at other activities within Cambria Company,” Sun Country noted.
In a statement, Bricker said he was “excited to be joining Sun Country.” He, his wife and three children plan to move up to Minnesota “in the near future,” Sun Country said.