Sea Star Holdings Inc., which is the parent company of Seaborne Airlines located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has announced the appointment of Ben Munson as its acting CEO.
Munson has worked in various commercial planning divisions for over 10 years. In addition to senior leadership experience at a major airline in capacity planning, his experience is complemented with direct commercial support at numerous airlines and airports. He has been a consultant for the Seaborne team for the last two years in the commercial area of the airline.
To ensure a successful transition and a stronger airline going forward, Munson has announced the following changes and alignment of the leadership team as follows:
Capt. Jesus Medina, chief operation officer, will be leading all operations to include flight operations, system control, maintenance and airports. Capt. Medina joined Seaborne in January 2016 as vice president of flight operations. He has over 18 years of airline experience as a pilot and as director of system operations control.
Hector (Tato) Montanez, commercial vice president, will be responsible for marketing, sales, network planning, revenue management and reservations. Prior to his appointment, he was director of business development and marketing at Seaborne, a role he assumed when joining the company in June 2014. Montanez brings more than 27 years of experience throughout the airline industry.
Olvin Valentin, vice president of people and general counsel, will lead all administrative, IT and human resources aspects of the airline as well all legal duties. Before joining the Seaborne team in 2015 as general counsel, Valentin founded Nonprofit Institute LLC to help non-profit Puerto Rican businesses with varied services.
Jahallah Yearwood, controller, a 20-year Seaborne veteran, will continue overseeing all accounting and financial analysis. Yearwood began his career with Seaborne at an entry level and has grown and advanced through the ranks. He has been in the position of controller since 2006.
Susana Castro is director of safety and regulatory compliance, a role she has been performing for the last two years. Prior to her safety role, she was general manager of the SJU Hub airline operation and had 14 years of airline industry experience prior to joining the Seaborne team.
“I have a tremendous amount of confidence in all of them, in their capability and competence in leading their divisions and positioning the company and employees for success,” said Munson.
With this new leadership in place, Seaborne will continue its dedicated service to Caribbean destinations it serves, and it commits to improving and growing relationships throughout the region.