American Airlines appoints two officers to lead airport operations

Yesterday, American Airlines appointed two new officers to its executive team to lead airport operations in the country.

Juan Carlos Liscano has been promoted to Vice President of Miami Hub Operations. He succeeds Ralph Lopez, who was previously named Vice President of American’s Integrated Operations Center.

Jim Moses has been promoted to Vice President of Philadelphia Hub Operations. He follows Olympia Colasante, who will retire in September.

In his new role, Liscano will oversee airport operations in Miami, American’s gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean and the airline’s largest cargo hub.

He will report to Joe Taney, American’s Senior Vice President of Hubs & Gateways.

“Miami is an incredibly important market for us and a melting pot of cultures that deserves an experienced and dynamic leader,” said Kerry Philipovitch, American’s Senior Vice President of Customer Experience.

“Ralph has done a tremendous job with the team in Miami and made fantastic improvements in our operating performance. That expertise makes him well-suited to run our Integrated Operations Center, and we’re excited for that opportunity.

“With Ralph’s move, we needed a leader with strong relationships in both Miami and Latin America. Juan Carlos is the perfect choice.

His strong track record of developing broad and deep cross-functional partnerships and delivering results in complex operating environments makes him an obvious choice to lead our vibrant hub.”

Moses will lead airport operations in Philadelphia, with daily oversight of American’s more than 8,000 team members who serve nearly 60,000 customers with 400 daily departures. He will also report to Taney.

“Jim’s operational expertise is an excellent match for our busy Philadelphia hub,” said Philipovitch.

“For the past several years, he has led our Los Angeles operation during a period of unprecedented growth. Our operating metrics have improved significantly under Jim’s leadership, and he and his team delivered those results while embodying our philosophy of creating a culture that puts team members first.

He is the right choice to lead our important Northeast hub and to continue fostering the strong partnerships American has in the Philadelphia community.

“Olympia has been a stable and reassuring force at our airline for almost 30 years. From Canada to New York to London and a host of other cities, she has brought her trademark care for her colleagues and commitment to excellence everywhere she’s led.

Olympia is known as a trusted mentor and has spent her career developing future leaders. We are lucky to have had her leadership and will miss her greatly.”