Derek Kerr is executive vice president and chief financial officer. He oversees financial planning and analysis, corporate finance and treasury functions, purchasing, controller and audit functions and investor relations.
Previously, Kerr served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for US Airways. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer. He joined America West in 1996 as senior director – Planning, and was promoted to vice president – Financial Planning and Analysis in 1998. In 2002, Kerr was promoted to senior vice president – Finance, adding responsibility for purchasing and fuel administration. He was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer in 2002 and was promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2009.
Prior to joining America West, Kerr served in various financial planning and analysis positions with Northwest Airlines. Before that, Kerr was a flight test coordinator/control engineer with Northrop Corporation’s B-2 Division.
He is an executive sponsor for African American Diversity Network — American’s Employee Business Resource Group that promotes the values of volunteerism and professional growth. In 2013, Institutional Investor ranked US Airways as one of America’s Most Honored Companies, naming Kerr and his Investor Relations department to the 2013 All-America Executive Team. He serves on the board of directors for the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Zoo.
Kerr has a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.