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Alaska Air Board Backs CEO, Who Says He Never Gave Out Insider Info

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Alaska Air Group Inc.'s (ALK) Chairman and Chief Executive William Ayer said he never gave insider information on Puget Energy Inc. to anyone, while the airline's board gave him its vote of confidence. Earlier Thursday, Bloomberg News reported the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating Ayer and New York hedge fund manager Donald Smith & Co. over some well-timed bets made on Puget shares. In a statement from Alaska Air, Ayer said he "never provided any material non-public information about Puget Energy to Donald Smith & Co., or anyone else." The company's lead independent director, Marc Langland, said the board has "full confidence" in Ayer and his "high ethical standards." Ayer, who is a director of Puget Energy, was on the company's board during a $3.89 billion buyout in 2008, a deal that caused the company's share value to jump. According to the report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, the SEC is investigating whether the Donald Smith & Co. acted on inside information when it doubled its stake in Puget just before the deal was approved by Washington state officials. Alaska Air shares were flat after hours, having closed Thursday down 4.6% at $46.50. The stock has risen 35% so far this year. -By Joan E. Solsman, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2291; joan.solsman@dowjones.com

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
DateTimeHeadline
08/26/201518:50:01Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/19/201509:00:00Alaska Air Group Names Brooke DeBay Managing Director of Audit...
08/13/201506:01:38Current Report Filing (8-k)
08/11/201508:00:00Alaska Airlines' Annual Fall Fare Sale Begins Now
08/10/201518:01:15Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/10/201518:01:15Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/10/201517:57:41Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/10/201517:57:14Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/06/201508:00:00Alaska Air Group announces $1 Billion Share Repurchase Program
08/05/201508:00:00Alaska Airlines' Frequent Fliers Gain Access to Significantly...
08/05/201506:08:15Quarterly Report (10-q)
08/04/201508:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports July 2015 Operational Results
08/03/201519:53:57Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
08/03/201517:00:08Four U.S. Airlines Object to Complaints Against Persian Gulf...
07/30/201508:00:00Alaska Airlines Announces New Daily Flying from Portland to Three...
07/28/201518:50:00Russell Wilson Leads Team to Victory in Alaska Plane Pull
07/23/201519:30:32United, Southwest Post Record Profits
07/23/201508:00:00Alaska Air Group Reports Record Second Quarter 2015 Results
07/22/201508:00:00Alaska Airlines adds Hainan Airlines as Mileage Plan Partner
07/21/201518:50:08Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)

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