Also Upgraded: Craig S. Kreeger and C. David Cush
AMR Corporation, the parent of
American Airlines, Friday named James Beer, 42, as senior vice
president-Finance and chief financial officer. Filling a previously
announced vacancy, Beer, currently vice president-Europe and Asia
for AMR Corp. subsidiary American Airlines, will immediately begin
the transition to his new role.
Two existing American Airlines officers will also move into new
roles. Craig S. Kreeger, 44, who presently serves as vice president
and general sales manager, will become vice president-Europe and
Asia. C. David Cush, 43, who most recently oversaw the strategic
reorganization of the St. Louis hub, will become vice president and
general sales manager.
"James' appointment demonstrates the depth of the management
team here at AMR," said Gerard Arpey, president and chief executive
officer of AMR Corporation and its American Airlines subsidiary.
"James is a consummate professional, with an exceptionally strong
financial background and an intimate familiarity with the
significant challenges facing our industry.
"The ability of Craig and David to step into new roles, while
preserving the momentum of our recovery here at AMR, is further
testament to the strength of our existing leadership team," Arpey
said. "Craig has done a great job spearheading our sales programs
as well as leading the critical effort to address distribution
costs. In addition to David's most recent responsibility in St.
Louis, he has held leadership roles in Finance and Marketing and
served as COO of Aerolineas Argentinas."
Beer joined American as a financial
analyst in 1991. His progression through American's Finance
department included serving as managing director- Corporate
Development, managing director-International Planning and vice
president-Financial Analysis and Fleet Planning. In January 2000,
Beer became vice president-Corporate Development and treasurer,
assuming responsibility for American's strategic initiatives, debt
and equity financing, derivatives programs, banking, tax, insurance
and fleet transactions. He remained in that role until June 2002
when he began overseeing American's international sales activities
and operations in Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining American, Beer spent seven years as a
management consultant at Andersen Consulting, now known as
Accenture, in Europe and the United States. He holds a bachelor of
Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College,
London University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Beer will be relocating back to the United States from the
A veteran of American's Marketing department, Kreeger joined
American in 1985. He has held progressively responsible management
roles in Finance, Banking, Corporate Development, Crew Resources
and Yield Management. He was promoted to vice president-Revenue
Management in 1995 and held that role until being selected to lead
American's sales team and its worldwide sales programs.
Kreeger holds a bachelor of Arts in Economics from the
University of California at San Diego and an MBA from the
University of California at Los Angeles. He will be relocating to
London from the airline's corporate offices in Texas.
Cush joined American as a member of
the Finance department in 1986. He moved to Europe three years
later as managing director-Finance and Administration for Europe,
the Middle East and Africa. He later served in American's Miami,
Caribbean and Latin American division first as managing
director-Finance and Administration and then as managing
director-Caribbean and Central America, where he oversaw all
marketing and operational functions in those areas.
Moving back to American's corporate headquarters in 1996, Cush
became managing director-International Planning. He served in that
role until 1998, when he joined Aerolineas Argentinas as chief
operating officer. He returned to American two years later as vice
president-International Planning and Alliances. He assumed
responsibility for the St. Louis hub in September 2002.
Cush holds a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast/Film and
a bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Methodist
University. He earned his MBA from SMU as well.