Failing Upward

Written by Tom Marcinko Category: Valley News Issue: October 2013

veteran AA pilot Tom Hoban says. “We’ve just suffered under poor leadership for so long that we were willing to consider a new team with a fresh strategic vision for the combined airline,” he says. Even so, they found a possible $20 million severance package for AA CEO Tom Horton hard to swallow. The bonus was blocked by a U.S. bankruptcy judge, but company spokesman Michael Trevino said the payout could survive the merger agreement. It goes down badly with 400,000 AA retirees who say the company wants to scuttle promised life, health, and dental coverage.