Change of leadership at American Airlines announced

Robert Isom (l) and Doug Parker (r)

Fort Worth, Texas-headquartered American Airlines has announced that as of March 31, 2022, Doug Parker will retire as the company’s CEO and his position will be taken over by current president, Robert Isom. Parker will continue to serve as chairman of American Airlines’ board of directors, which Isom will join on taking up his new position.

Parker was named CEO of American Airlines in 2013 when it merged with US Airways, creating what is now the world’s largest airline by aircraft numbers, scheduled passengers carried and revenue passenger mile. “I have worked with Robert for two decades and I am incredibly pleased that he will be the next CEO of American Airlines, which is truly the best job in our industry,” said Parker. “I am humbled to serve as CEO of American Airlines,” said Isom. “Over the past several years, our airline and our industry have gone through a period of transformative change. And with change comes opportunity.”

Isom is also President of American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. In this role, he oversees American’s operations, planning, marketing, sales, alliances and pricing. Isom previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at American after holding the same position at US Airways. Prior to joining US Airways, he held senior executive operations, finance and commercial roles at GMAC, LLC., Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines.

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