American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, has appointed Cole Brown as Chief People Officer from search led by Hanold Associates. Jason Hanold and Keri Gavin led the search for this Fort Worth, Texas based role.
Pre-pandemic, the American Airlines Group, together with its regional partner, American Eagle, offered nearly 6,700 flights daily to 360 destinations in 50 countries. The company had $45.77 billion in revenue in 2019 and is traded as AAL on the Nasdaq stock exchange through its parent company, American Airlines Group.
Brown most recently served as the Vice President, Human Resources for Amazon’s Devices & Services, Corporate & Business Development, Advertising and Entertainment units. She had joined Amazon as the Vice President of Human Resources for North America Customer Fulfillment, and previously served as Chief Human Resources Officer for Conifer Health. Reporting to Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People and Engagement, Brown is joining American Airlines at a critical point, as the organization strives to come back stronger following the COVID-19 pandemic. She will lead all aspects of the airline’s People organization, including global talent and recruitment, benefits and compensation, people operations and diversity, equity and inclusion.