The Wall Street Journal is reporting that AMR chief executive Tom Horton is in talks to become chairman of the new carrier if American Airlines and US Airways merge.
"The negotiations are fluid and might not result in Mr. Horton's assuming that role, which he currently holds at AMR, the people cautioned. He could become a vice chairman, senior adviser or take on another role, some of the people said," the article said.
AMR's board is meeting this week, possibly as early as Tuesday, to discuss the potential merger. One of the issues they are likely to debate is who should run the carrier if it merges. Most industry analysts have suggested that US Airways chief executive Doug Parker would likely run the combined airline.
It is not uncommon in mergers to have one CEO become chairman while the other runs the company. For example, when United Airlines and Continental Airlines merged in 2010, United chief executive Glenn Tilton became chairman of the merged carrier while Continental chief executive Jeff Smisek kept the CEO and president title. Tilton stepped down as chairman at the end of 2012.