Letter from Tom Horton
Dear American Team:
Today marks an important milestone toward completion of our merger with US Airways. Doug Parker announced the leadership team who will lead the new American when the merger is complete, and we also named the new Board of Directors for the combined company.
The new leadership team is composed mostly of leaders who have worked closely with Doug over the years, along with senior leaders who now serve on American’s team. As CEO of the merged company, Doug’s first role is to choose the people to execute his plans to build a strong and successful future for the new American.
Many on our current leadership team will be leaving the company after the merger closes later this year. To them I offer my gratitude for their extraordinary dedication over many years, and in particular, over the past year and a half to turn our airline around, creating a strong and renewed American poised for a successful merger. In the weeks and months ahead, these leaders will continue to work with their counterparts at US Airways to ensure a successful merger integration.
Today’s announcements move us a step closer to a new chapter at American. I’m looking forward to serving as Chairman of our new Board after the merger closes. As Chairman, my first role will be to bring the new Board together in its mission to help guide the new American to a very bright future.
There are no doubt more changes and challenges ahead, but the people of both companies have every reason to be optimistic about the future of American and the opportunities it will create. As we bring the restructuring to a successful close, we are building momentum which will only grow with the merger.
The American team across the world has shown tremendous spirit and strength. You should be very proud of your hard work to put American back on top.
Thanks for all you do!