American Airlines Retains Hanold Associates for SVP, Chief HR Officer Search

CHICAGO (Jan. 12, 2021) ― American Airlines Group, the largest airline in the world when measured by fleet size, passengers carried and revenue passenger mile, has retained Hanold Associates for its Chief Human Resources Officer search. Jason Hanold and Keri Gavin are leading the search for this role based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Leading an HR team of 300 people, the new CHRO will have the opportunity to profoundly impact American Airlines today, as well as its cultural flight route forward.

The organization’s leaders are seizing the opportunity sparked by challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to build and improve upon existing infrastructure. Throughout the pandemic, American Airlines has worked tirelessly to support all its team members, and the CHRO will develop key relationships with CEO Doug Parker and the rest of the executive leadership team to strategically facilitate the return of furloughed employees.

Throughout the years, American has created more than 900,000 jobs worldwide and supported close to 1,400 nonprofit organizations. Human connectedness is at the heart of American Airlines’ purpose, and its mission is its commitment to providing every citizen of the world with the best air travel service to the most extensive selection of destinations possible.

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’s mainline fleet of 864 planes remains the largest in the world. Its corporate headquarters campus, located at the heart of its route network in Fort Worth, Texas, is more than 1.4 million square feet. The airline also operates 10 hubs around the United States and currently employs approximately 120,000 team members around the globe, where 90% are represented by unions. 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.

About Hanold Associates

Hanold Associates HR & Diversity Executive Search is a retained boutique executive search firm focused on HR and Diversity & Inclusion Officers and Board Directors. Our client list is diverse across industries, geographies and business scenarios, and culture is at the core of everything we do. Our clients include the National Football League, Zoom, Domino’s Pizza, Under Armour, Patagonia, Gucci, The New York Times, Tom Brady’s TB12, Kohler, REI, Live Nation Entertainment, Dick’s Sporting Goods, McDonald’s, Major League Baseball, Kellogg, Apollo, Big Ten Conference, Blackstone, TPG, L Catterton, Northwestern University, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Electronic Arts, Fiat-Chrysler, SC Johnson, eBay, Moderna, Hillrom, Great Place To Work, Fossil, Vail Resorts, AbbVie, Carnival Corp., Biogen, Allstate, Bridgestone, Wikimedia, ClubCorp, Nike, Abercrombie & Fitch, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Ford Motor Company, among others.