Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Doug Parker is chairman and chief executive officer of US Airways Group, Inc. and US Airways, its principal subsidiary company. He is based at the airline’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona and is the longest serving current chief executive of a U.S. airline.
Parker became chairman and CEO following the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in September 2005. Prior to that merger, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West Holdings Corporation and America West Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. Parker became the CEO at America West Airlines just ten days before September 11, 2001 and led the carrier through the crisis.
Parker and the airline’s 32,000 employees revitalized US Airways following the 2005 merger and now stand as the nation’s fifth largest airline. Under Parker’s leadership, the airline has achieved record revenue growth, operational performance and profit margins that have outpaced most industry peers. In its most recently completed fiscal year, 2012, US Airways set company records in on-time performance and profits, and lead all Fortune 500 companies in total shareholder return.
Parker has been one of the most vocal proponents of airline industry consolidation, which has provided a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities, and stockholders.
Parker’s experience prior to joining America West in 1995 includes four years with Northwest Airlines as vice president and assistant treasurer, and vice president of financial planning and analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American Airlines.
Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986. He serves on the board of directors for Valley of the Sun United Way. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children and reside in Paradise Valley, Arizona.