Chip Childs is President and Chief Operating Officer of SkyWest Airlines.
Russell "Chip" Childs came to SkyWest in 2001 and was named vice president - controller. Joining SkyWest at a significant time in the airline’s history, Chip has proven instrumental in SkyWest’s evolution as a part of the world’s largest regional airline alliance.
Since taking the helm of SkyWest Airlines in 2007, Chip has guided the airline through some of the industry’s most challenging times while keeping the airline’s workforce engaged and breaking new ground in the industry’s model. His commitment to SkyWest’s people, coupled with his management of the airline’s partner carrier relationships, financial planning and internal controls have proven invaluable in his current role. He has been integral in solidifying contracts and relationships with SkyWest’s major partners, and played an important role in SkyWest Inc.’s acquisition of Atlantic Southeast Airlines in 2005. His value-based, innovative approach continues to successfully create opportunity and provide value for SkyWest stakeholders.
Prior to his employment with SkyWest, Chip worked in public accounting for five and a half years as an audit manager, assisting many large corporations with financial accounting and SEC reporting. He earned his bachelor's degree in Economics and master's degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. Chip resides in St. George with his wife Jennifer, their three sons and daughter.