Managing Director of Corporate and Government Affairs in the Western Region
for United Airlines
Join fellow NACD Members for a behind-the-scenes tour of the United Airlines Maintenance Base where United’s aircraft is regularly housed and repaired. As the largest carrier at SFO, United is the seventh largest employer in the Bay Area with over 14,000 employees locally. Meet top United executives and understand the complexities of the aviation industry in this exclusive opportunity that is not open to the public.
Note: Hard-sole, closed-toe, flat shoes required for the tour and no shorts or loose clothing such as ties or scarves.
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Melinda Yee Franklin is a thought leader and legislative strategist with strong expertise in crisis management, public policy, and international affairs. As the managing director of Corporate and Government Affairs in the Western Region for United Airlines, she serves as the company’s chief advocate on legislative, corporate, and policy issues in the region. She is also lead representative on the boards of key business organizations throughout California.
Mark Eldred is the vice president of base maintenance for United. In this role, he is responsible for the execution of United’s
maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), overseeing all heavy duty and prescheduled base maintenance and inspection of aircraft, components, and engines.
Previously, Eldred was managing director of base maintenance and MRO services, guiding the San Francisco Maintenance Center
through a major transformation that resulted in better productivity and improved performance in support of the airline and its maintenance customers. Prior to that, he served as managing director of service engineering at United, overseeing the airline’s maintenance operations and monitoring the performance of aircraft to identify, investigate, and resolve operational problems.
He joined United in 1994 as a line engineer.
Before joining United, Eldred was an airframe engineer at USAir and a project engineer at Hawaiian Airlines. He also spent time as an AutoCAD consultant.
Eldred received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University in 1990.