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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker is stepping down and will be replaced by the carrier’s president, Robert Isom, on March 31, the carrier announced Tuesday.

Parker will continue as chairman of American’s board. Parker first became CEO of America West shortly before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and later oversaw two mergers – with US Airways and American Airlines, the tail-end of a wave of consolidation among U.S. carriers.

Parker is the second major airline CEO this year to announce his retirement, marking a changing of the guard among U.S. carrier. Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly will step down in February, handing the reins to another long-time executive, Bob Jordan, in February.

 

 

Bobby Laurie
Bobby Laurie
His background in the travel industry dates back to November 2005 when he was initially hired as a flight attendant. After initially flying for six months for US Airways (now American Airlines) Laurie had started his move up the corporate ladder and held various positions within the industry before ultimately landing as an Analyst specializing in InFlight Policies & Procedures. Read More

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