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Mark Powers has more than 30 years of leadership experience in public company finance, principally in the commercial aviation industry. In 2018, Powers became group chief financial officer for Etihad Aviation Group, an airline group based in Abu Dhabi, to assist with its financial transformation. He was a professor of practice at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, teaching financial management and valuation. Prior to joining the Tulane faculty, he served as treasurer and chief financial officer of JetBlue Airways Corp., based in New York. During his ten-year tenure with JetBlue, the airline grew revenues by $4.4 billion, lowered debt and improved return on capital by over 11%, all while continuing to maintain a differentiated customer and crewmember service culture. Prior to joining JetBlue, Powers held senior finance leadership roles with Northwest Airlines in Minneapolis and Tokyo, GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, and Continental Airlines and Texas Air in Houston. He also served as a commercial attorney with Boyar, Norton & Blair in Houston. Powers earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and received a JD from Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he also served as editor of the Journal of Air Law & Commerce.