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Doug Parker

Doug Parker in 2014

William Douglas "Doug" Parker is the current Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Group, Inc., the parent company of American Airlines and US Airways.[1]


  • Early life and education 1
  • Early career 2
  • US Airways career 3
  • American Airlines career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Awards and Appearances 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life and education

Parker grew up in Michigan and received a BA in Economics from Albion College (1984). He then received an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University (1986), where American Airlines offered him a job after a campus interview.[2]

Early career

Parker was a financial analyst at American Airlines from 1986 to 1991, where he was a member of then CEO Robert Crandall's, "Brat Pack",[3] alongside Thomas W. Horton (former CEO President and Chairman of American), C. David Cush (CEO of Virgin America) and Ben Baldanza (CEO of Spirit Airlines).

Parker joined Northwest Airlines in 1989 and was tasked to help create a team that would systematically figure out where the airline was making and losing money. Tracking profits flight-by-flight in such detail at that level was a first for Northwest.[4]

Parker became Chief Financial Officer of America West Airlines in 1995 after returning to USA, and because then-CEO Bill Franke wanted to train him to be a CEO, Parker moved around between finance, sales and operations.[5] Parker was named Chairman and CEO in September 2001, 10 days before the September 11 terrorist attacks.[6] Under Parker, America West was the first of several airlines to win post-9/11 federal loan guarantees, saving the airline from a second bankruptcy.[7]

US Airways career

America West and US Airways merged in 2005, with Parker continuing as CEO of the combined company. US Airways made an unsuccessful bid to merge with Delta Air Lines as it was in bankruptcy protection in 2006, faltering as Delta rallied workers and creditors against the hostile bid. Creditors rejected the bid in early 2007.[8] US Airways also attempted a merger with United Airlines in 2008 and in 2010, but United ultimately merged with Continental Airlines.[9]

American Airlines career

In 2012, US Airways launched an effort to merge with American Airlines, while American was in bankruptcy protection. US Airways took the unprecedented step of securing tentative contracts with American’s labor groups, while American was still pushing to exit bankruptcy.[10] That deal closed on Dec. 9, 2013, and Parker was named CEO of the combined company, which became the world's largest airline.[11]

Personal life

Parker lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, Gwen Parker, and three children. In 2007, Doug Parker plead guilty to his third DUI and was sentenced to 1 day in jail.[12] After his conviction, shareholders questioned if the company should have disclosed Parker's two previous DUI arrests.[13]

Awards and Appearances

2015 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Southwest region.[14]

Commencement address at Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management, May 10, 2013[15]


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External links

  • Doug Parker Corporate Biography
Business positions
Preceded by
Thomas W. Horton
CEO of American Airlines
since December 9, 2013
Succeeded by
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