announced today that it has named Mark Burdette, 56, Vice President of
Employee Relations. Burdette fills the position previously held by Jeff
Brundage, who was promoted to Senior Vice President of Human Resources in
In his new role, Burdette will lead the airline’s much publicized effort
to involve employees in the decisions that will help the company return to
profitability. In addition, he will oversee the traditional employee
relations functions that include collective bargaining.
“Mark is very well trusted and respected by the leaders of all employee
groups at American,” Brundage said. “He is a dedicated professional who
has led American through some remarkable events over the past 13 years.
There is no one better prepared to guide our employee relationships as we
go forward with our Turnaround Plan.”
Burdette joined AMR in November 1991 as Managing Director of Employee
Relations for American Eagle after serving 24 years with Trans World
Airlines. He became Managing Director of Employee Relations for American
Airlines in 1995 and has had responsibility for nearly every aspect of
American’s employee relations. Most recently, he served as the primary
liaison between the airline and the Allied Pilots Association, which
represents American’s pilots.
He holds a B.A. in physics from Colgate University. A native of Kansas
City, Mo., Burdette lives in Colleyville, Texas. He and his wife have five