David L. Campbell was named Vice President – Safety and Operations Performance for American Airlines in January 2013. In this role, Campbell is responsible for the Safety, Security & Environmental team and has taken on the expanded role of overseeing the Operations Planning and Performance team and American’s Integrated Operations Control (IOC) Center, crew scheduling, airline dependability and operations engineering.
In December 2009, Campbell was appointed American’s Vice President – Safety, Security and Environmental (SS&E). Since then, Campbell has been responsible for the development and refinement of SS&E Management Systems as well as the regulatory relationships with the FAA, TSA, NTSB, EPA, OSHA and other agencies such as IATA, ICAO and A4A.
Prior to this appointment, Campbell was Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for American Eagle Airlines, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Flight Department, System Operation Control (SOC) and the Maintenance and Engineering departments.
Campbell joined American in 1988 as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician at the Tulsa Maintenance Base (TULE). One year later, Campbell was promoted to Supervisor, a position he went on to hold at both the Tulsa and Alliance (AFW) bases. From there, Campbell went on to become Manager – Quality Assurance at both Alliance and Tulsa until assuming the role of Director – Quality Assurance in 1996. In 1998, Campbell became Vice President – Base Maintenance for Alliance and Kansas City (MCIE) and oversaw all operations at the two bases.
Campbell is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where he served as an Aircraft Mechanic. Currently, Campbell serves on the Board of Directors for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union, and the North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity Advisory Board. He is also an avid supporter of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), both personally and professionally, and serves as American’s internal champion for the organization’s longstanding partnership with the airline. Campbell also is the leader of American’s involvement with the Village of Vision for Haiti Foundation. With the African American Employee Resource Group, Campbell hosts an annual celebrity golf tournament to support this foundation.
A native of Sardis, Mississippi, Campbell is a 1988 graduate of Louisiana Tech University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington.