Gary F. Kennedy was elected Senior Vice President and General Counsel of American Airlines in January 2003. Mr. Kennedy is responsible for directing all of the company’s legal affairs worldwide, including all commercial litigation, employment litigation, labor disputes and commercial transactions. He also directs the company’s corporate compliance program and is responsible for all corporate governance matters.
Kennedy, an attorney, started his legal career in 1980 and practiced law at two law firms in Salt Lake City for four years. He joined American Airlines in 1984 as a staff attorney and in 1987 was named Senior Attorney in the Legal Department.
In 1991, he joined American's Corporate Real Estate Department, where he served as Managing Director before being named Vice President in 1996. As Vice President–Corporate Real Estate, he was responsible for all of the company’s facility and real estate activities, including acquisition and development of airport properties, maintenance facilities and office buildings.
Kennedy is a Magna Cum Laude 1977 graduate of the University of Utah, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Utah School of Law in 1980.