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American Airlines Appoints Mecole ‘Cole’ Brown as Chief People Officer

American Airlines has appointed Mecole ‘Cole’ Brown as the airline’s new Chief People Officer. In her new role, Ms. Brown will lead all aspects of the company’s People Organization including Global Talent, Benefits and Compensation, People Operations and Diversity.


American's New Chief People Officer, Mecole 'Cole' Brown - Courtesy American Airlines

On Monday (May 24, 2021), American Airlines announced the appointment of Mecole ‘Cole” Brown as the airline’s new Chief People Officer. Ms. Brown will report to Elise Eberwein, Executive Vice President of People and Global Engagement. In her new role, she will lead all aspects of American’s People organization including global talent and recruitment, benefits and compensation, People operations and diversity. Cole Brown most recently served as Vice President of Human Resources for Amazon’s Devices & Services, Corporate & Business Development and Advertising & Entertainment business segments. Previously, she served as Amazon’s Vice President of Human Resources for North America Customer Fulfillment. Prior to joining Amazon, she served as SVP and Chief Human Resources Officer for Conifer Health Solutions and as SVP of Human Resources for Walmart U.S. Stores Operations. Brown also previously served as Walmart’s Chief Diversity Officer.


In Monday’s announcement, American Airlines’ Executive Vice President of People and Global Engagement, Elise Eberwein, said,


“Cole is an extraordinary leader and the right person to lead American’s People function as we recover from a global pandemic and welcome our customers back to American Airlines. Her experience with large, multi-national service businesses will translate well into the airline industry, and the breadth and depth of her human resources experience will support our coworkers in the best way possible. Above all, Cole has a servant leader’s mindset that complements American’s mission to care for people on life’s journey.”


Before joining Walmart, Brown practiced as an attorney specializing in employment law and administrative regulations with Bashen Consulting, Wickliff & Hall, P.C. and Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson, L.L.P. She holds a bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.


American Airlines’ purpose is to “care for people on life’s journey.” Shares in the American Airlines Group, Inc., trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500.



Source: American Airlines