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American Airlines CIO Named in ‘Most Powerful’ List

American Airlines
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Monte Ford was honored
this week at a New York City dinner hosted by Black Enterprise magazine
recognizing the 75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America.
Ford, along with the other honorees, is featured in the magazine’s
February 2005 cover story. As the only executive from a commercial airline, Ford was commended for
his leadership role in leveraging innovative technology solutions to help
the airline navigate through the troubled times the entire industry has
experienced over the past several years. His contributions have made
possible numerous systems designed to enhance customers’ travel
experience, cut costs and improve operating efficiency.

“When Monte Ford joined American Airlines four years ago, he was
challenged to further the airline’s position of technology leadership,”
said Gerard Arpey, American’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
“American is fortunate to have such a dynamic visionary leading our
information technology initiatives. The dedication and innovation Monte
brings challenges the entire organization to develop solutions that will
better meet our customers’ needs.”

Black Enterprise Magazine began its list in 1988 to recognize the most
influential African American senior managers from the 1,000 largest
domestic and international corporations traded publicly on the U.S.
equities market. To be considered, executives must make a significant
contribution to their company’s revenue, have revenue-generating or
operating responsibilities and maintain significant influence in his or
her company and industry. This year’s list is made up of senior executives
from a total of 62 corporations representing 12 industries and includes 18
CEOs and 15 women.

“Being included on this prestigious list is an honor both professionally
and personally,” Ford said. “Looking at the list of Who’s Who among
African American business leaders, I’m honored to represent American

Prior to joining American, Ford held senior management positions with The
Associates First Capital Corporation and Bank of Boston. A graduate of
Northeastern University, he is actively involved in several profit and
nonprofit community organizations.