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oneworld Appoints Nathaniel Pieper as New Chief Executive Officer

oneworld has named Nathaniel Pieper as the alliance’s new CEO effective April 1st, 2024.  Mr. Pieper joins the alliance from Alaska Airlines, where he currently serves as SVP of Fleet, Finance and Alliances.

oneworld's Incoming CEO, Nathaniel Pieper - Courtesy oneworld

On Tuesday (February 6, 2024), oneworld announced the appointment of Nathaniel Pieper as the alliance’s new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1st, 2024.  Mr. Pieper currently serves as oneworld member Alaska Airlines’ Senior Vice President of Fleet, Finance and Alliances.  In his new role, Pieper will lead oneworld through their 25th anniversary year with a focus on strengthening the alliance while providing customers with a seamless and exceptional travel experience worldwide.  He will report to the alliance’s Governing Board, which is comprised of the CEOs of member airlines.    

In Tuesday’s announcement, American Airlines’ CEO and oneworld Chairman, Robert Isom, said,

“We are excited to welcome Nat Pieper into the role of CEO at oneworld and look forward to the alliance continuing its journey of innovation and collaboration under his leadership. With more than 25 years of working in the industry, Nat has the experience to enhance oneworld’s position as the premier airline alliance, modernizing travel for millions of customers and oneworld frequent flyers.”

Also commenting on his upcoming role as oneworld’s CEO, Nat Pieper, said,

“In my airline career, I have admired from afar and now experienced first-hand the influence and benefits the oneworld alliance brings to an airline and its customers.  I am thrilled to join the oneworld family and look forward to working with all of the best-in-class carriers that are part of our alliance.  The future of the oneworld alliance is bright and I am ready to continue to develop the alliance into its next 25 years.”

In his current role at Alaska Airlines, Mr. Pieper orchestrated Alaska Airlines’ entrance into oneworld, executed aircraft transactions valued at over $9.0 billion, and secured access to $5.0 billion in liquidity to help Alaska navigate the industry downturn related to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Prior to joining Alaska Airlines, Nathaniel Pieper held senior executive positions at Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines, overseeing a range of international, strategic, alliance and financial functions.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration in finance, strategy and transportation from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Founded in 1999, oneworld has grown to 13 members, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and SriLankan Airlines.  The alliance also includes 26 affiliate airlines and a oneworld connect partner, Fiji Airways.  This year, Oman Air is set to join the alliance, becoming oneworld’s 14th full member. 

Source: oneworld


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