American Airlines names Lopez VP for Miami Hub operations

Ralph Lopez, a 20-year American Airlines employee, industry veteran, and Miami airport operations leader since 2010, has been promoted to Vice President – Miami Hub (MIA) Operations, the airline announced recently from Fort Worth, Texas.

The airline’s operation in Miami — one of American’s nine hubs nationwide — has thrived demonstrably under Lopez’ leadership. As he now steps up to succeed retiring long-time executive Marilyn DeVoe, his appointment inspires confidence among his peers.

“Ralph is a tremendous leader who has an impressive track record of leading teams that deliver strong operational performance,” Kerry Philipovitch, SVP – Customer Experience, said. “In addition, he has had extensive experience with our operations in Mexico, the Caribbean and Latin America. Given our Miami hub’s link to that region of the world, he is the ideal person to support our 11,000-plus Miami-based team members.”

Before alighting in Miami, Lopez worked as American’s Managing Director of both London Heathrow Operations and LaGuardia and Newark Operations. No stranger to globetrotting, Lopez also put in close to a decade leading the business out of San Juan, Puerto Rico; Lima, Peru; Santiago, Chile; Kingston, Jamaica, and other locales.

“Marilyn has been an important part of American Airlines for almost four decades,” American’s chairman and CEO Doug Parker of the transition, said. “We … thank her for her amazing service and loyalty to American."

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