Doug Parker will step down as American Airlines chairman

Former American Airlines CEO Doug Parker will step down as chairman of the company on April 30.

He’ll be replaced by an independent chairman, Greg Smith, who has been on American’s board since January 2022.

Parker guided American as CEO from the time of the carrier’s merger with US Airways in 2013 until last March, when he was replaced by his top deputy, Robert Isom. 

Smith joined the American board after a career of more than three decades at Boeing, where he ultimately reached the position of executive vice president and CFO. 

“Greg has made outstanding contributions since joining American’s board, and his strong knowledge of the aviation industry and his decades of leadership experience will be invaluable going forward,” Parker said.

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