Thomas W. Horton is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMR Corporation and American Airlines. He also is Chairman of the oneworld® alliance, of which American is a founding member.
Horton has a long track record of leadership and results in both business transformation and operational performance. Since his appointment as Chairman and CEO in November 2011, Horton has led a disciplined strategy to put American back on top as the leading global airline.
Horton joined AMR in 1985. He has held a broad range of leadership positions, including Vice President for American's international business, based in London, and later Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AMR.
In 2002, Horton joined AT&T, where he served first as CFO and later was also appointed Vice Chairman. In 2005, Horton led the evaluation of strategic alternatives, ultimately leading to the combination with SBC, which formed the new AT&T.
In March 2006 he returned to American as Executive Vice President of Finance and Planning. He was named President in 2010 and Chairman and CEO in 2011. Horton led the plan to restructure and renew the company's operations which included the largest ever new aircraft order and culminated in the February 2013 decision to merge with US Airways. This is expected to create unprecedented value for all stakeholders and make the new American the world's largest airline once again. The merger is expected to close by fall 2013 at which time Horton will serve as Chairman of the new American.
Horton holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, magna cum laude, from Baylor University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Qualcomm, Inc., a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions. He also serves on the Executive Board of the Cox School of Business at SMU. Horton is an avid runner and has competed in several marathons and half marathons. He is married and has two children.