When American Airlines announced that Chairman and CEO Doug Parker would become non-executive Chairman on March 31, 2022 and current President Robert Isom would take over as CEO and join the board, I wrote that Executive Vice President of People and Communications Elise Eberwein would step down as well. That’s now official.
Robert Isom has named his new leadership team and it’s interesting as much for what hasn’t been stated as what has.
- CFO Derek Kerr also becomes Vice Chairman, overseeing finance and continuing to oversee regional operations
- Executive Vice President Steve Johnson who ran government affairs keeps his senior title but may be getting kicked upstairs’ to a senior advisory role,
- Maya Leibman stays as Chief Information Officer. Many customers knew her as the head of the AAdvantage program a decade ago.
The rest of the leadership team:
Priya Aiyar, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Legal Officer
Cole Brown, Senior Vice President, Chief People Officer
Ron DeFeo, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer
Nate Gatten, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Chief Government Affairs Officer
Vasu Raja, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer
David Seymour, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer
Notice something missing? They haven’t named a new President. They didn’t mention ‘announcement to come’. Could that mean hiring from the outside? I have no inside information on this but one rumor I liked was Joanna Geraghty, the President and COO of JetBlue. Notably also the Senior Leadership Team doesn’t include Chief Customer Officer Alison Taylor, though the airline tells me she is “staying on.”