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Glenn Zander is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and 1964 graduate of Paseo High School. Following graduation, he embarked upon a career with Trans World Airlines that spanned nearly 29 years and might best be described as a “mailroom to boardroom” story. During the initial phase of his TWA career, he also attended Rockhurst University earning a BSBA in Finance, graduating with honors in 1974. He married Gayle Lively ( Paseo ’65) and they raised their son Patrick who is now a Professor of European History at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Beginning as a File Clerk in the Accounting Department (the mailroom would actually have been a promotion), he progressed through a variety of increasingly responsible positions eventually relocating to TWA’s International Division in Paris France in 1975 as its Treasurer. From 1980 through 1988, he was TWA’s Vice President Finance International based in London, England. During that time, the company underwent a number of disruptive changes culminating in its takeover by Carl Icahn in 1985. In 1990, Glenn indeed entered the Boardroom as the Senior Vice President-Finance. Over the ensuing years of turmoil, he also served as TWA’s co-Chief Executive Officer, Vice Chairman and Chief Restructuring Officer during its Bankruptcy in 1992-1993. During those final two years, significant new financing was put in place, Mr. Icahn removed from ownership and management of the corporation, more economic labor agreements negotiated and a successful emergence from Chapter 11 achieved, enabling the company to continue operating until its 2001 acquisition by American Airlines.
In 1994, he relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aloha Airgroup. During 11 years in Hawaii, he was very active in Community affairs serving on a variety of non-profit Boards and as the Chairman of the Tourism Committee of the Japan-Hawaii Economic Council. Aloha Airlines and its sister company Island Air operated an extensive schedule of inter-island passenger and cargo air service. Commencing in 1999, the company was dramatically expanded inaugurating service to the West Coast and a number of Pacific islands in an aviation industry first, flying twin engine narrow-body aircraft long distances over water. In 2005, the company was sold to a private equity investor and Glenn retired to Atlanta, Georgia where specialized treatment was available for Gayle who was in failing health.
Glenn has served on a number of corporate Boards and is currently on the Board of Directors of CVR Refining as the Chairman of the Audit Committee. He now resides in Leawood, Kansas pursuing a number of long deferred interests. “I consider myself a very fortunate person, including my years at Paseo. Great teachers, wonderful classmates and an excellent education.”
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