David Seymour Chief Operating Officer American Airlines
AIAA AVIATION Forum 2021
David Seymour is Chief Operating Officer. He leads all of American’s operations including airport operations, flight operations, technical operations, flight service, safety, cargo operations and the Integrated Operations Center, where the airline’s daily operations are managed.
David’s aviation career began at the airline in 1999. Throughout his career he has held a
variety of leadership roles in Materials and Planning, Operations Control and Planning, Crew Resources and Scheduling, Technical Operations, and Flight Operations. Most recently David served as Senior Vice President of Operations. In 2020 he was named Chief Operating Officer.
Before joining the airline, David was the Intermountain Area Vice President for Corporate
Express Delivery System. David served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and then held numerous management positions in purchasing, inventory management, distribution and finance.
David is an executive sponsor for American’s Veteran & Military Employee Business
Resource Group, an employee-led organization that supports our veterans, current military service members and their families. David also serves as the Chairman on the board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
David holds a Master of Management degree in marketing and transportation from
Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematical science of operations research from the U.S. Military Academy.
David graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1986 and completed the Infantry Officer Basic Course. In 1987, after graduation from U.S. Army Ranger School, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer. In 1989, he was selected as the Aide-de-Camp for the 18th Airborne Corps Chief of Staff and later served as the Aide-de-Camp to the Deputy Commanding General. He finished his active service in 1991 as the Operations Officer for the U.S. Army Parachute
Team “Golden Knights.”