American Airlines Makes Executive Appointments In Technical Operations

Bill Cade Named Vice President - Base Maintenance and Engines; Craig Barton Appointed Vice President - Technical Services

Nov 10, 2015, 17:17 ET from American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) today announced the promotions of Bill Cade to Vice President - Base Maintenance and Engines and Craig Barton to Vice President - Technical Services. The appointments fill two existing positions within the maintenance organization and are effective immediately. Both Cade and Barton will report to David Seymour, Senior Vice President - Technical Operations.

Concurrent with this news, Seymour thanked Bill Collins for his contributions during the airline's initial integration phase. Collins previously served as Vice President - Base Maintenance and has stepped down from his role and will be leaving the company.

In his new role, Cade now will lead the team that manages aircraft major repairs, overhaul and modification at our heavy maintenance bases in Charlotte, N.C., Pittsburgh, Dallas/Fort Worth and Tulsa, Okla. He also will be responsible for all internal engine shops, all external heavy maintenance globally and facilities maintenance at all Technical Operations facilities.

Barton will step into an existing position and assume responsibility for the planning and resource management for all line and heavy maintenance. In addition, he will manage all strategic project planning for Technical Operations.

"Bill and Craig are proven leaders who have been instrumental in the progress we are making in our operational reliability," said Seymour. "In their new roles, they will have the opportunity to have an even greater impact across the tech ops organization and help further our mission of running a safe and reliable operation for our customers."

Cade joined Trans World Airlines (TWA) in 1992 as an Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic.  From there, he held several additional roles including Director - Maintenance Operation at LAX.  After American acquired TWA, Cade was named as Regional Manager at LAX. 

A licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technician, Cade most recently served as Managing Director - Line Maintenance for the Western Region and Asia. Before his most recent post, Cade held the same role for both the Southeast and Central Regions. Prior to joining TWA, he spent three years at Pan American World Airways, joining the company as a Sheet Metal Mechanic. 

Barton, a degreed engineer, joined American Airlines 20 years ago and was named Managing Director - Power Plant and Fleet Operations Engineering in 2002. From there, he held several leadership roles at the Company including Managing Director - Fleet Management and, most recently, Managing Director - Technical Operations Integration. He joined American as a Senior Power Plant Engineer. 

Prior to American, Barton spent nearly seven years as a member of the technical staff in the North American Aircraft Division of Rockwell International. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering, Aerodynamics/Propulsion from California State Polytechnic University and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.

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