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American Airlines CEO Doug Parker to retire

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Doug Parker, chief executive of American Airlines, is retiring in March and will be succeeded by Robert Isom, the air carrier’s president, the airline announced Tuesday.

Parker, 60, will step down as chief of the nation’s largest carrier on March 31. He will stay on with the company as chairman of its board of directors.

In a letter to employees, Parker said the transition was part of a years-long process that began when Isom was appointed president in 2016. He said the shift would have happened sooner if not for the pandemic. Parker has led the company since December 2013.

“Robert is a collaborat­ive leader with deep operationa­l expertise and global industry experience,” Parker said in a statement that accompanie­d the succession plan. “His efforts to guide and succession plan.

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