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Governance at 30,000 Feet - NACD FL Fireside Chat with American Airlines CEO

November 6, 2017
Miami, FL



Book your seat today to hear Director Alberto Ibarguen interview CEO and Chairman Doug Parker in a wide-ranging fireside chat on governance of one of the most iconic brands in the world, American Airlines.

In a highly regulated, fuel price-dependent, and very public facing industry, what issues are discussed at the AA board table? What lessons can all directors learn for their directorship roles? Join your director peers for our upcoming program, Governance at 30,000 feet.

Plus, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the airport, hosted by American Airlines.  You will never look at the airport the same way again.


Location and Time


Miami International Airport
Details will follow soon
Miami, FL

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm     Behind-the-scenes Airport Tour by American Airlines

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm     Registration and Networking

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm     Program 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm     Cocktail Reception

Speaker Spotlight


Doug Parker

Doug Parker was named chairman and chief executive officer in 2013. He oversees American Airlines Group and American Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. Previously, Parker was chairman and CEO of US Airways. Before the merger us US Airways and America West Airlines in 2005, he was chairman, president and chief executive officer of America West. Parker became the CEO at America West just 10 days before September 11, 2001, and led the carrier through the crisis. Under Parker's leadership, US Airways achieved record revenue growth, operational performance and profit margins that outpaced most industry peers. Parker has been a vocal proponent of airline industry consolidation, which provides a more stable and competitive industry for employees, customers, communities and stockholders. Parker's experience prior to joining America West in 1995 includes four years with Northwest Airlines as vice president, assistant treasurer and vice president of Financial Planning and Analysis. From 1986 to 1991, he held a number of financial management positions with American. Parker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Albion College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Vanderbilt University in 1986.

Alberto Ibarguen

Alberto Ibarguen is president, CEO and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. During his tenure, The Miami Herald won three Pulitzer Prizes and El Nuevo Herald won Spain’s Ortega y Gasset Prize for excellence in journalism. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Between college and law school, he served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory and was the Peace Corps Programming and Training Officer in Colombia, based in Bogota. After law school, he practiced law in Hartford, Conn., until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York, before moving to Miami. He is a former board chair of PBS of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. He also chaired the board of the World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners­-Lee to promote a free and universal Web. Over time, he has served on the boards of other arts, education and journalism organizations, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wesleyan University and Smith College the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee to Protect Journalists and ProPublica and the Secretary of State’s Foreign Policy Advisory Board. Ibarguen is a member of the board of American Airlines. Previously he served on the boards of PepsiCo, AOL and Norwegian Cruise Lines and on the Citizen Advisory Committee of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.



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