AMR Corporation today named James Beer, 42, as senior vice
president-Finance and chief financial officer. Filling a previously
announced vacancy, Beer, currently vice president-Europe and Asia for AMR
Corp. subsidiary American Airlines, will immediately begin the transition
to his new role.
Two existing American Airlines officers will also move into new roles.
Craig S. Kreeger, 44, who presently serves as vice president and general
sales manager, will become vice president-Europe and Asia. C. David Cush,
43, who most recently oversaw the strategic reorganization of the St.
Louis hub, will become vice president and general sales manager.
“James` appointment demonstrates the depth of the management team here at
AMR,” said Gerard Arpey, president and chief executive officer of AMR
Corporation and its American Airlines subsidiary. “James is a consummate
professional, with an exceptionally strong financial background and an
intimate familiarity with the significant challenges facing our industry.
“The ability of Craig and David to step into new roles, while preserving
the momentum of our recovery here at AMR, is further testament to the
strength of our existing leadership team,” Arpey said. “Craig has done a
great job spearheading our sales programs as well as leading the critical
effort to address distribution costs. In addition to David`s most recent
responsibility in St. Louis, he has held leadership roles in Finance and
Marketing and served as COO of Aerolineas Argentinas.”
Beer joined American as a financial analyst in 1991. His progression
through American`s Finance department included serving as managing
director- Corporate Development, managing director-International Planning
and vice president-Financial Analysis and Fleet Planning. In January 2000,
Beer became vice president-Corporate Development and treasurer, assuming
responsibility for American`s strategic initiatives, debt and equity
financing, derivatives programs, banking, tax, insurance and fleet
transactions. He remained in that role until June 2002 when he began
overseeing American`s international sales activities and operations in
Europe and Asia.
Prior to joining American, Beer spent seven years as a management
consultant at Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture, in Europe and
the United States. He holds a bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical
Engineering from Imperial College, London University and an MBA from
Harvard Business School.
Beer will be relocating back to the United States from the United Kingdom.
A veteran of American`s Marketing department, Kreeger joined American in
1985. He has held progressively responsible management roles in Finance,
Banking, Corporate Development, Crew Resources and Yield Management. He
was promoted to vice president-Revenue Management in 1995 and held that
role until being selected to lead American`s sales team and its worldwide
Kreeger holds a bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of
California at San Diego and an MBA from the University of California at
Los Angeles. He will be relocating to London from the airline`s corporate
offices in Texas.
Cush joined American as a member of the Finance department in 1986. He
moved to Europe three years later as managing director-Finance and
Administration for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He later served in
American`s Miami, Caribbean and Latin American division first as managing
director-Finance and Administration and then as managing
director-Caribbean and Central America, where he oversaw all marketing and
operational functions in those areas.
Moving back to American`s corporate headquarters in 1996, Cush became
managing director-International Planning. He served in that role until
1998, when he joined Aerolineas Argentinas as chief operating officer. He
returned to American two years later as vice president-International
Planning and Alliances. He assumed responsibility for the St. Louis hub in
Cush holds a bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast/Film and a bachelor
of Science in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. He earned his
MBA from SMU as well.
Based in Fort Worth, Texas, AMR Corporation is the parent company of
American Airlines and American Eagle Airlines. The company`s stock is
listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the trading symbol AMR.