Steve Johnson

Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor

Steve Johnson is Executive Vice President and Strategic Advisor to the CEO, the leadership team and the board of directors. Steve collaborates and provides counsel on American’s strategy development and strategic positioning; economics and competition issues; corporate governance, corporate purpose and ESG; policy development and external affairs; partnerships, alliances, deals and deal making; and labor strategy.

From 2009 to 2021, Steve served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs. In that role he was responsible for corporate governance and legal affairs, government and regulatory affairs, labor relations, and real estate and airport affairs. From 2003 to 2009, he was a partner at Indigo Partners LLC, a private equity firm specializing in investments in the airline industry.

Between 1995 and 2003, Steve held a variety of positions at America West Airlines, including Executive Vice President of Corporate. Prior to that, Steve served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at GPA Group PLC and practiced law at the Seattle-based law firm Bogle & Gates.

Steve is a director and the deputy chair of Wizz Air Holdings PLC. He is a Lecturer at the School of Law and the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the University’s Berkeley Center for Law and Business.

Steve earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley. He began his undergraduate education at the University of Washington and earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from California State University, Sacramento.

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