Dean Cookson


A technology industry veteran, Dean brings over 20 years of experience in computer operations and over a decade of experience with web-facing businesses to Virgin America. As CTO, Dean leads the airline’s strategic technology initiatives, including the implementation of the Company’s new reservations and operational platforms. In addition, Dean oversees Virgin America’s data centers, storage subsystems, core application infrastructure and integration, and the architecture of its Website.

Dean comes to Virgin America from Basho Technologies, where he served as Vice President of Business Development. Prior to that, Dean served as Chief of Operations at the HP-owned Snapfish, where he had responsibility for all aspects of site delivery, product fulfillment and world-wide customer support in eleven languages. Before joining Snapfish, Dean served as Director of Operations at Looksmart, where he oversaw production systems, database, network and data centers and helped grow the search infrastructure to support more than 600 million searches per day.

Dean studied Physics and Computer Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and attended Northeastern University’s College of Computer and Information. He lives in Mill Valley with his wife and two sons.