Alaska Air Group ( ALK) named Laurie Sands managing director of taxes. She will look after federal and state tax matters for Alaska Air Group and its two subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air. She will be responsible for financial tax reporting as well as tax planning, compliance and audits, the company said. Joining Alaska Airlines in 1992 as senior tax accountant, Sands has served as director of taxes since 1995. Prior to joining Alaska, she held positions in the tax department at the Seattle office of Arthur Andersen.