USAir executive seen as top Pan Am choice

September 18, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

MIAMI -- A USAir executive seems to have emerged as a leading candidate to head the new Pan American World Airways, based in Miami.

The executive is Randall Malin, 54, USAir's executive vice president of marketing. His name has been mentioned recently by sources close to Pan Am and its creditors as the airline's potential chief. An announcement could come as soon as this week.

Delta Air Lines Chairman Ron Allen has the key role in selecting a replacement for Thomas Plaskett as Pan Am's chief executive.

Delta will own 45 percent of the new Pan Am, while the creditors will own the rest. Nevertheless, "Ron Allen will make the call," one source said.

Mr. Malin declined to comment yesterday, as did spokesmen for Delta, Pan Am and USAir. Mr. Malin joined USAir in 1980 after 20 years with American Airlines.

Last year, he was passed over in the competition to succeed Ed Colodny as USAir chairman and president. Seth Schofield, 52, was selected instead.

George Pearson, spokesman for the Avitas airline consulting firm, said Mr. Malin's selection "would make sense to me." "He's a very talented guy who probably is looking beyond the challenge of USAir."

One industry executive said: "Randy, being one of the senior marketing guys in the airline industry, would be viewed as a candidate. . ."

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