Western Pacific Airlines, Inc.
Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Western Pacific Airlines • 1994-1996
As the second officer appointed by this start-up airline, Rorke managed several stages of financing, culminating in a December 1995 $61-million initial public offering. As a key member of executive management, Rorke worked closely with top management and the board in planning and execution of all board, committee, and stockholders’ meetings and actions. He developed and managed securities compliance policies and processes for the new public company. Rorke was responsible, along with the CFO and Controller, for SEC reporting and disclosure. Rorke advised human resources on compensation plans, employment policies and agreements, terminations and labor issues. He supported the information technology group on vendor and out-sourcing contracts, asset acquisitions, licensing and major projects. He worked with the CEO and General Counsel in managing outside litigation, and supported top management and the finance group on aircraft acquisition and leasing transactions, including a multi-aircraft program with a manufacturer. This position was substantially full-time for three years.