American and US Airways announced today the senior executive team that will lead the airline after the merger.
Five of the leaders will come from US Airways, three will come from American, and seven current American executives will be leaving.
As previously announced, Tom Horton will serve as Chairman and Doug Parker will be be the CEO.
Here’s the lineup.
Joining from US Airways:
• Scott Kirby, 45, President: responsibilities include planning, marketing, sales, alliances, pricing/yield management and operations
• Elise Eberwein, 48, Executive Vice President, People and Communications: responsible for human resources, media relations, internal communications, social media and public affairs
• Robert Isom, 49, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer of US Airways, Inc. post-close: responsible for all aspects of airline operations, including customer service, flight operations, maintenance, regional carrier management, cargo, safety and security
• Stephen Johnson, 56, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs: responsibilities include corporate and legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, labor relations, and real estate
• Derek Kerr, 48, Chief Financial Officer: 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
Joining from American:
• Beverly Goulet, 58, Chief Integration Officer: will lead the complex integration process of merging American Airlines and US Airways into one airline
• Maya Leibman, 47, Chief Information Officer: responsible for all information technology systems, including systems development, infrastructure, and planning
• William Ris, 65, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs: responsible for all federal and international government and regulatory affairs and public policy
These American executives will be departing:
• Dan Garton, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Airlines
• Bella Goren, Chief Financial Officer
• Gary Kennedy,Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Office
• Denise Lynn, Senior Vice President – People
• Jim Ream,Senior Vice President – Operations
• Jon Snook, Senior Vice President – Customer Service
• Virasb Vahidi, Senior Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer
In a memo to employees, which was printed by Andrea Ahles on the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram’s SkyTalk blog, Doug Parker wrote:
“Mergers unfortunately result in departures, and there are some on both teams, but I want to use this opportunity to specifically thank some of the outstanding senior executives at American.”
“The American restructuring is far and away the most successful in aviation history and it would not be possible without the exceptional and dedicated work of people like Dan Garton, Bella Goren, Gary Kennedy, Denise Lynn, Jim Ream, Jon Snook and Virasb Vahidi.”
Tom Horton’s comments from the press release:
“Through their commitment to our company they have helped build an airline that delivers on our promise to our customers and to all the communities American serves,” Horton said. “American’s leaders will continue to work very closely with their counterparts throughout the merger planning to build upon the momentum everyone has worked so hard to create.”
Also announced, the post merger Board of Directors.
If you’re trying to follow the changes, Terry Maxon details the current lineup of executives from both airlines and there are still a number of leadership positions that haven’t been announced.
Two positions I’ve been following with interest are still undecided. Who will end up in charge Customer Experience and who will run the AAdvantage program?