Daniel P. Garton was named President and Chief Executive Officer of American Eagle Airlines in June 2010. At American Eagle, Garton oversees one of the world’s largest regional airlines, operating more than 260 regional aircraft and over 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean. American Eagle carries in excess of 19 million customers annually and generates approximately $2.4 billion in “onboard” customer revenue in addition to connecting 10 million customers and associated revenue to American Airlines’ flights.
Garton returned to American Eagle after 12 years with American Airlines, most recently serving as Executive Vice President-Marketing for American Airlines since 2002, a role in which he was responsible for American’s Reservations, AA.com, Flight Service, Sales, the AAdvantage® travel awards program, Advertising and Corporate Communications. In this role, Garton played a pivotal role in driving American’s marketing initiatives. Among his many accomplishments, Garton introduced a new booking tool on AA.com that allows travelers to search flight options by both price and schedule and rolled out American’s Lowest Fare Guarantee on AA.com. He also is credited with spearheading American’s Customer Experience Leadership initiative to redouble the airline’s customer service efforts. In addition, Garton had responsibility for unveiling American’s Gogo® Inflight Wireless Internet service and revolutionizing award travel by introducing the popular AAdvantage® One-Way Flex Awards.
Previously Garton held senior executive positions at American Airlines in Operations and Finance and was President of American Eagle Airlines for three years beginning in July 1995. During his prior tenure at American Eagle, Garton engineered the airline’s transition from four separate carriers to one and introduced the airline to the jet age with the acquisition of its first jet aircraft.
Garton began his career at American Airlines in 1984. He left AMR briefly to serve for two years as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Continental Airlines before returning in 1995 to assume the presidency of American Eagle.
Garton was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University in 1979 and a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from Cornell University in 1984. A native of Sheboygan, Wis., Garton resides in Dallas with his wife, Barb, and they have three daughters.