American Airlines named its new senior leadership team yesterday. With Robert Isom ascending to CEO when Doug Parker becomes non-executive chairman on March 31, there’s a reshuffle at the top.
Two things struck me about the changes: there was no President announced. I wondered if that piece of the puzzle just wasn’t done yet, and they could be hiring from the outside? And also that their Chief Customer Officer, whom the airline says will remain at the carrier, wasn’t named as part of the leadership group.
It’s looking, however, like no President was named because they do not intend to name one at this time. That could be a head fake, but it seems to be the current narrative.
- Robert Isom, at last week’s ‘Crew News’ internal employee question and answer forum, described himself as becoming effectively both CEO and President (“president and CEO, you’re looking at both”). I took that to mean the Presidency was temporarily vacant and unnamed going forward, but that interpretation may have been incorrect.
- American Airlines announced its new leadership team. It was striking for the lack of mention at all of a President. Officially, the airline tells me,
Robert will remain president until March 31 when he becomes CEO. And we haven’t named anyone to fill the president role after he becomes CEO.
This suggests the narrative that Isom will be CEO and President isn’t quite right.
- Reportedly Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Vasu Raja told employees there will be no President.
Another adds: “Vasu stated in org meeting today that there will not be a Pres. Said that is only needed when CEO succession plan is in motion. His words.”
— ˜”*° JonNYC °*”˜ (@xJonNYC) December 15, 2021