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December 08, 2013

Chief financial officer: Derek Kerr

Derek KerrDerek Kerr

Chief financial officer

Previous position:Chief financial officer, US Airways

Age: 49

Education: B.S. and MBA, University of Michigan.

Career: Worked as a flight test coordinator at Northrop Corp.’s B-2 Division and in financial planning at Northwest Airlines. Joined America West in 1996 and held several executive positions before becoming CFO of US Airways in 2009.

Top of to-do list: “Moving into managing the intregration from a synergy perspective and working with Bev [Beverly Goulet, chief integration officer] and Robert on the integration management office to make sure we plan out how we do this to get the synergies that you expect in a merger.”

Expected challenges: “Because of the timing of the merger, we’ve had to do two different stand-alone plans for 2014. How we bring that together and how we put a forecast process in place at the new company so that we can manage costs going forward is a challenge.”

One thing that people may not know about you: “I walked onto the University of Michigan’s baseball team and played four years, lettered three years, and went to the College World Series twice,” said Kerr, who played catcher but declined to disclose his batting average. “We lost to Texas my first year. It was a grand slam home run. We lost 4-2. He golfed it off his toe.”

-Andrea Ahles


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