American appoints new human resources SVP, announces retirements

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American Airlines has appointed Denise Lynn as senior VP of people and announced the retirement of four executives as part of the continued streamlining of its management team.

Lynn was previously executive vice president of employee relations, a position that she has held since December 2011. Jeff Brundage, who was previously senior VP of people, has left the airline.

David Brooks, president of cargo; Mark DuPont, airport services; Susan Garcia, VP of information technology, and Andrew Watson, VP of customer technology, will also be retiring from American.

Brooks is credited for building American's cargo business, a division that he has lead for nearly 16 years. He has been with the airline for 30 years.

DuPont worked in the airline's airport services division for 29 years where he drove innovation in customer facing technology. He held positions in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Orange County.

Garcia held the information technology position for 10 years and has been with the airline for almost 25 years. She drove many of the airline's large technology modernisation initiatives, including the Y2K project.

Watson worked in the carrier's technology organisation for more than 10 years. His work included the introduction of self-service machines at airports and the development of American's iPhone application.

In addition to the appointment and the retirements, American eliminated five senior leadership positions. These include the VP of operations finance and strategy planning position, which was held by Doug Herrig and who is now working on special projects at the airline.

American is in the midst of a plan to eliminate 20% of its senior management positions by the third quarter. The latest retirements follow three that were announced in December and two in February, as well as numerous internal appointments.

"Our organisation redesign purposefully began at the top and today's changes will further advance the company's restructuring objectives and bring us one step closer to ensuring American has the leanest, most capable and effective leadership team in the industry," says Tom Horton, chief executive of the airline, in a statement.