Former DFW Airport COO to Oversee State, Local Government Relationships
Kevin E. Cox, senior executive vice president and chief operating officer for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, has accepted the position of Vice President for State & Community Affairs at American Airlines. He replaces John Carpenter, who recently retired from American Airlines.
Cox will be located at the company's headquarters in Fort Worth, taking on oversight responsibilities for American's relationships with state and local governments. The State & Community Affairs group -- previously called Corporate Affairs -- also has offices in Chicago, Miami and New York City.
"Even as our industry begins to show signs of regaining some financial stability, we continue to face challenges on numerous fronts," said Gerard Arpey, Chairman and CEO of American Airlines. "To help us with those challenges, Kevin brings to the American Airlines team a wealth of experience and years of political know-how from working in one of the most competitive airline markets at one of the world's largest, busiest and best-regarded airports. We are pleased to have him on our team."
Cox joins American after serving 16 years at DFW Airport where he was instrumental in the success of numerous activities, including DFW Airport's role in drafting an agreement to amend and resolve the disputes surrounding the Wright Amendment. He also had a key role in the planning, developing and financing of the Airport's recent $2.7 billion capital development plan that includes the new Terminal D and the Skylink train system.
"Kevin is highly respected for his industry knowledge, negotiation skills, financial acumen, and the ability to get things done," said Will Ris, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for American Airlines. "We are looking forward to the many great contributions he can offer to American Airlines and the airline industry as a whole."
Cox said: "I am privileged and honored to receive the opportunity to become part of the American Airlines team -- a team and company that I have admired for so many years. Although many challenges remain in our industry, I am convinced that American Airlines is well positioned to meet each one and to continue to lead the industry. I look forward to contributing to American's collective success."
Cox, who holds degrees in Accounting from Oklahoma State University and Law from Southern Methodist University, begins his new duties at American Airlines on April 8.
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