US Airways Senior Vice President and CFO Derek Kerr has been named Arizona’s Chief
Financial Officer of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executive
International.The award recognizes Kerr’s commitment to the community and his
professionalism and leadership at Phoenix’s hometown airline.
“Derek played a critical role in the merger of US Airways and America
West, and his stewardship has helped our new airline build unprecedented
financial stability,” said Doug Parker, Chairman and CEO of US Airways. “We
rely on Derek’s unique ability to balance the need for financial oversight
with the need to make the right investments for the future of our company.
We’re very pleased that the Arizona business community also recognizes Derek’s
contributions to our company and our community.”
“I’m honored to be recognized by FEI and accept on behalf of my finance
team and the employees of US Airways,” Kerr said. He received the award in a
ceremony Nov. 8 in Phoenix.
Kerr joined America West Airlines in September 2002 as a senior director
of planning. He was promoted to vice president, financial planning and
analysis in May 1998. In February 2002, Kerr was promoted to senior vice
president-finance, adding responsibility for purchasing and fuel
administration, and became chief financial officer in September of that year.
Kerr serves on the Board of the Phoenix Zoo, is a mentor and coach to
Little League organizations across the Valley, and is active in organizations
through his church. He and his wife, Carolyn, have two children.
Prior to joining America West, Kerr served in various financial planning
and analysis positions with Northwest Airlines. Previously, Kerr was a flight
test coordinator/control engineer with Northrop Corporation’s B-2 division.
Kerr earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and
an MBA in finance, both from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.