Senior Vice President of Airport Operations and Cargo, American Airlines
Jim Butler was named Senior Vice President of Airport Operations and Cargo in October 2019. He leads domestic and international airport operations and is responsible for the airline's Cargo business, including operations, marketing, sales and overall strategy.
Jim has more than 20 years of experience in the airline industry and previously led the airline's international and Cargo operations. Prior to this, Jim was President of Cargo and Managing Director of Commercial Planning and Performance, where he was responsible for American's mainline and regional fleet, network profitability analysis, large-scale strategic project oversight and commercial budgets. In 2013, he was responsible for the commercial business plan through restructuring and, later, was named to the team responsible for integrating American Airlines and US Airways.
Since joining American Airlines in 1996, he has worked in several departments and has developed an extensive background in sales, marketing, pricing, operations and finance. He has held positions that were based domestically, in London and also in Buenos Aires, where he oversaw revenue management for American and Aerolineas Argentinas.
He was a member of the IATA Cargo Committee and the A4A Cargo Executive Council and has served as a member of the board of directors for the UK Board of Airline Representatives and the Joint Steering team at London's Heathrow Airport. He is fluent in Spanish and is a licensed private pilot.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.