President & CEO
Ted Christie was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Airlines on January 1, 2019. Christie joined Spirit, the largest Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, in April 2012 as Spirit’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In January 2017, Mr. Christie was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. In January 2018, Christie was promoted to President with overall responsibility for the finance and commercial functions as well as operations, IT and human resources.
Prior to joining Spirit, Christie served as CFO of Pinnacle Airlines Corp, an airline holding company with subsidiaries flying as Delta Connection, United Express and US Airways Express. Christie began his airline career at Frontier Airlines in 2002. He was appointed Vice President of Finance in 2007 and promoted to Senior Vice President and CFO in 2008. During his tenure at Frontier he helped the carrier to restructure and to achieve a competitive cost structure.
Christie has also held the position of Vice President of Finance at a Denver asset-based finance institution and also served as an Economist for the Arizona taxing authority.
Christie earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Arizona in 1992.