Endeavor's leadership team does more than just "talk the talk." These servant leaders all started on the front lines - from airport customer service, to turning wrenches in the rain. Their open, honest, and transparent approach to leadership makes them a dynamic and accessible group of executives.
Bill Lentsch was named Chief Executive Officer of Endeavor Air in January 2018. Bill brings a wealth of airline experience to Endeavor’s executive team, with more than 28 years of senior leadership roles at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines. In addition to his duties with Endeavor, Bill currently serves as Senior Vice President, Delta Air Lines – Delta Connection and Delta Global Services. Bill has held executive-level roles in several divisions of Delta, including Airport Operations, OCC, Technical Operations, and Flight Operations, and currently in Delta Connection. He is a highly regarded leader with an unmatched passion for employee engagement and discovering operational efficiencies. Bill is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics and earned his MBA from St. Thomas University.
Joe Miller joined Endeavor’s executive team in November 2017 after holding several key leadership roles at Delta Air Lines. Joe’s solid background in operations management gives Endeavor an edge in performance optimization as Endeavor expands its network throughout the country. Joe has more than 20 years of aviation experience, holding roles in Delta Connection, Airport Customer Service, Technical Operations, and Cargo at Delta. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota as well as a MBA from St. Thomas University.
Russ Elander was named Vice President of Flight Operations for Endeavor Air in May 2013. He is responsible for all flight operations and the System Operation Control Center. Russ joined Endeavor Air in October 2004 as Vice President of Ground Operations. Prior to joining Endeavor, he was in senior management positions with Midway Airlines Corp. from 1998 to 2002, serving as Vice President, Customer Service Operations. In 1996, he played a key role in the certification and startup of Corporate Airlines, where he remained as the managing director until joining Midway Airlines. From 1987 to 1996, he was employed by American Eagle Airlines where he held leadership positions, including multiple managing director assignments. He began his aviation career at Air Midwest in 1987.
Bill Donohue was named Vice President of Maintenance and Technical Services in January 2012. He is responsible for maintenance of the aircraft fleet and aircraft maintenance facilities across the country. Prior to his current role, Donohue was Vice President of Technical Operations for Mesaba Airlines. He has an extensive background in the airline industry, where he began his career in 1980 as a mechanic for Eastern Airlines and later worked for United Airlines. He quickly moved up at United, serving as a maintenance planner and a maintenance foreman before holding managerial positions over a seven-year period. In October 2004, Donohue moved to Air Wisconsin, where he served as a director of hub operations at Chicago O'Hare. In May 2005, he moved to Mesaba as Director of Maintenance Planning and Heavy Maintenance, and was named Director of Maintenance in 2007. Donohue graduated as an FAA airframe and powerplant mechanic from Teterboro School of Aeronautics in Teterboro, N.J., where he earned an Associate's Degree in Professional Studies as well. He also holds a BS in Business Administration from St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
Jodie Douglas joined Endeavor Air in February 2013 with more than 15 years of experience working in aviation human resources. Jodie is responsible for all human resource functions, including talent acquisition, employee relations, compensation, benefits and organizational development that support Endeavor’s team of aviation professionals. In her role as Vice President, Human Resources, Jodie is passionate about maintaining a workplace culture that celebrates and recognizes the success of our employee efforts, while also providing competitive compensation and benefits. Jodie has a BS in Human Resources and holds her SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. Prior to Endeavor, Jodie held executive leadership roles in aviation at Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, and Aviation Technical Services.
Jay Furnish was named Vice President, Network and Resource Planning, in February 2016. Jay brings a wide range of experience to Endeavor. With more than 25 years of leadership experience in the mainline, regional, and fractional aviation industries, his insight into planning and resource allocation allows Endeavor to enjoy an efficient operational throughput, as well as an effective strategy when working around the ever-changing dynamics of commercial aviation. Jay started his aviation career in 1987 fueling planes in SRQ, then as a customer service agent at Continental Airlines. During that period, Jay completed his BS in Accounting and left the aviation industry in 1997 to work as an auditor for the public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jay returned to the aviation industry in 2000, holding a variety of leadership roles in finance and operations at Comair and Delta Private Jets prior to joining Endeavor.
Brian Darsow was named Vice President, Finance and Supply Chain, in June 2017. Brian brings more than 20 years of experience to this key leadership role after serving as Director, Financial Planning. His previous experience includes leadership positions at Northwest Airlines and Boeing. Brian's role involves oversight of all financial transactions and materials management, with the goal of implementing efficiencies and improving performance while exercising vigilant cost controls.