HONOLULU — Island Air has appointed Christopher Gossert as its vice president of finance. Gossert will oversee all finance functions of the airline and will be part of Island Air’s leadership team as it works to continue expanding its services and growing the business.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Chris’ proven experience in finance management and his knowledge of the airline industry,” said David Uchiyama, president and CEO of Island Air. “Going forward, he will play an important role in managing our financial operations and helping to implement our long-term growth and expansion strategy.”
Gossert brings extensive experience in financial management to his new position at Island Air. Most recently, he served as audit senior manager at Ernst & Young LLP and was one of the leading members of the firm’s assurance practice. He was responsible for the management, coordination and oversight of financial statement audits for various public and private companies. He also handled management and execution of other non-audit projects, including assessment and evaluation of internal controls over financial reporting, system implementations and process improvements.
He has over 12 years of experience within Ernst & Young’s airline industry practice, where he was involved in accounting and operational areas including revenue recognition and sales programs, lease accounting standards, derivatives, debt and equity financing transactions, frequent flyer programs and maintenance. His airline clients have included Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., Virgin America, Inc., Avianca Holdings S.A. and Virgin Australia.
Gossert also worked at Hawaii National Bank in its management trainee program.
Gossert is a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He is a Certified Public Accountant, State of Hawaii, and a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants. He previously served on the board of directors of the Pu‘u Ali‘i Community Association.