Doug Parker was named chairman and chief executive officer in 2013. He oversees American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. Previously, Parker was chairman and chief executive officer of US Airways. Before the merger of US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West. Parker became the chief executive officer at America West just 10 days before Sept. 11, 2001, and led the carrier through the crisis. Under Parker’s leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth, operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. Parker has been a vocal proponent of airline industry consolidation, which provides 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, assistant treasurer, and vice president of financial planning and analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American. Parker received a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration from Vanderbilt University in 1986.