American Airlines has named Greg Smith as independent chairman of the company’s board of directors. Smith, a former Boeing executive and chief financial officer who joined the carrier’s board in January 2022, is to succeed Doug Parker on April 30. “Our CEO transition has been flawless thanks to the great work of Robert Isom, his team and our board,” said Parker, who will retire along with fellow board members Ray Robinson and Jim Albaugh, who Parker said “made tremendous contributions”. “It’s an honour and privilege to serve as a board member and now as chairman of this iconic company,” said

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