AMR Names Board, Leadership Team of Merged Company

AMR Names Board, Leadership Team of Merged Company

AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines and US Airways Group, has named the 12 members of the board of directors of the combined company, American Airlines Group, as well as the senior leadership team, effective after the closing the companies’ expected merger.

Thomas Horton, chairman, president and CEO of AMR and American since 2011, will serve as chairman of the combined airlines’ board of directors through its first annual meeting of shareholders. Doug Parker, chairman and CEO of US Airways since 2005, will serve as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Parker will assume the role of chairman of the board following Horton’s service.

In addition, the board will include:

  • John T. Cahill, lead independent director of the American Airlines Group board and current executive chairman of Kraft Foods Group.
  • James F. Albaugh, senior adviser to The Blackstone Group.
  • Jeffrey D. Benjamin, senior advisor to Cyrus Capital Partners and consultant to Apollo Global Management.
  • Michael J. Embler, former chief investment officer of Franklin Mutual Advisers.
  • Matthew J. Hart, former president and chief operating officer of Hilton Hotels Corp.
  • Alberto Ibargüen, director of AMR and American Airlines.
  • Richard C. Kraemer, president of Chartwell Capital.
  • Denise M. O'Leary, private investor in early stage companies.
  • Ray M. Robinson, director of AMR and American Airlines.
  • Richard P. Schifter, partner at TPG Capital.

The senior leadership team will include:

  • Scott Kirby, president, who will be responsible for the planning, marketing, sales, alliances, pricing/yield management and operations.
  • Elise Eberwein, executive vice president of people and communications, with responsiblity for human resources, media relations, internal communications, social media and public affairs.
  • Beverly Goulet, chief integration officer, who will lead the integration process of merging American Airlines and US Airways into one airline.
  • Robert Isom, chief operating officer and CEO of US Airways post-close, who will be responsible for all aspects of airline operations, including customer service, flight operations, maintenance, regional carrier management, cargo, safety and security.
  • Stephen Johnson, executive vice president of corporate affairs, whose responsibilities will include corporate and legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, labor relations and real estate.
  • Derek Kerr, CFO, who will be responsible for oversight of all financial areas, including financial planning and analysis, corporate finance and treasury functions, purchasing, controller and audit functions and investor relations.
  • Maya Leibman, chief information officer with responsibility for all information technology systems, including systems development, infrastructure and planning.
  • William Ris, senior vice president of government affairs, who will be responsible for all federal and international government and regulatory affairs and public policy.

Kirby, Eberwein, Isom, Johnson and Kerr will join the new American from US Airways; Goulet, Leibman and Ris will join from American.

American Airlines and US Airways also noted that Dan Garton will step down as president and CEO of American Eagle Airlines later this year. A successor will be named prior to Garton’s departure.