American Airlines has appointed Priya Aiyar as
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, succeeding Paul Jones
who retired from American earlier this year.
In this role, Aiyar will lead American’s Legal
Affairs team and its legal strategies. This includes the company’s
corporate governance, securities and corporate finance, business
and commercial, litigation, competition and antitrust, compliance,
privacy, environmental, employment, and intellectual property
legal issues and work.
Aiyar joins American from Willkie Farr &
Gallagher LLP, where she has been a partner, and brings more than
18 years of government and private sector experience.
Aiyar has served
as Acting General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel for the U.S.
Department of the Treasury as well as Deputy General Counsel for
the U.S. Department of Energy.
Earlier in her career, Aiyar held
senior legal roles within the National Commission on the BP
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Federal Communications
Commission, and was a partner at Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd,
Evans & Figel PLLC.
Aiyar began her legal career as a clerk to Judge
Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
and to Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court.
“We are thrilled to welcome Priya to American
Airlines,” said Steve Johnson, American’s Executive Vice President
of Corporate Affairs. “Priya is an outstanding lawyer and an
extraordinary intellect, and her strategic perspective, integrity,
energy, unique experience, passion for the law, and demonstrated
ability to build and inspire teams make her the perfect person to
lead our legal strategy and team over the coming years. We remain
focused on evolving our culture and attracting the best and
brightest to American and, in both respects, we could not have
found a better person.”
holds a Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, a master’s degree from
the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard
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Senior Vice President.