While the combination of American Airlines and US Airways will keep the American name, many of the top executives will hail from US Airways’ offices in Tempe, Ariz.
Doug Parker, 52, who engineered the merger as CEO at US Airways, is stepping in as American’s new CEO to lead the world’s largest carrier, taking over from Tom Horton. Horton will remain as chairman of the new company’s board of directors until the first shareholder meeting sometime next year.
Parker, who started his aviation career in the late 1980s in American’s finance department, is the industry’s longest-serving CEO. He has run US Airways since it merged with America West Airlines in 2005, and was named to America West’s top spot just days before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Of the top executives who report to Parker, five are from the former US Airways leadership and three are from American.
“We have to go to work on getting this team working as one,” Parker said in an interview last week. “We know each other pretty well because of all we’ve gone through, but now it’s one team instead of two. So immediately, we will be having staff meetings and things like that to get this airline running as a normal operation.”
Throughout the day, we will introduce you to the senior leadership team that will be running the new American.