American Airlines Makes Executive Appointment for Miami Hub Operations

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The FINANCIAL — American Airlines Group Inc. on February 22 announced that Ralph Lopez has been promoted to Vice President – Miami Hub (MIA) Operations. He is succeeding Marilyn DeVoe, who will retire from American this summer after nearly 40 years with the airline. 

“Ralph is a tremendous leader who has an impressive track record of leading teams that deliver strong operational performance,” said Kerry Philipovitch, senior vice president – Customer Experience. “In addition, he has had extensive experience with our operations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Given our Miami hub’s link to that region of the world, he is the ideal person to support our 11,000-plus Miami-based team members.”

Lopez has been with American for more than 20 years and most recently served as Managing Director – London Heathrow Operations. Prior to that, he was Managing Director – LaGuardia & Newark Operations. Additionally, he spent nearly ten years leading the airline’s operations at several airports including San Juan, Puerto Rico; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; and Kingston, Jamaica among others.

DeVoe has led the MIA hub since 2010. In this role, she has played an integral part in establishing American as the preeminent carrier to Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Previously, she served as Vice President – Dallas/Fort Worth Hub Operations as well as Vice President – Customer Services Planning, where she was responsible for the business planning, automation, service policies and support for all airport operations. DeVoe joined the company in the finance department and has also served in numerous other management positions.

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American’s chairman and CEO Doug Parker said, “Marilyn has been an important part of American Airlines for almost four decades. Her dedication to the airline, to our employees and to the communities in which she has worked has left an indelible mark. Everyone who has worked with Marilyn is better off as a result. We will miss Marilyn and we thank her for her amazing service and loyalty to American.”


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