Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Derek Kerr is executive vice president and chief financial officer for US Airways Group, Inc. and US Airways, its principal subsidiary company. He is based at the airline’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona.
Kerr is responsible for US Airways' corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, accounting, information technology, purchasing and investor relations functions. He joined America West in April 1996 as senior director, planning and 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. He was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer in September 2002 and was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in January 2009.
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 and his finance team have won several financial management awards, including the Airfinance Journal’s 2011 Treasury Team of the Year and North American Deal of the Year for aircraft financing. Kerr was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year in 2007 by the Arizona Chapter of Financial Executive International (FEI) for his critical role in the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines.
In 2013, Institutional Investor ranked US Airways as one of America’s Most Honored Companies naming Kerr and his Investor Relations department to the 2013 All-America Executive Team.
Kerr has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He serves on the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors and the Phoenix Zoo Board of Directors. He and his wife Carolyn have two children and reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.