American Airlines Cargo adds new members to management team

American Airlines Cargo has appointed several new leaders in its organization – some who will be joining the cargo team for the first time.

Lorraine Chin has joined the cargo team as general manager, cargo operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). An up-and-coming leader at American, she takes on this new role after serving as one of its managers, overseeing ramp operations at LAX.

On the east coast, Brian Cooley has been promoted to general manager, cargo operations at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL). He has over 20 years of cargo experience, most recently serving as the cargo duty manager at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), where he was chairman of the Kennedy Airport Airlines Management Council for Cargo Operations (KAAMCO).

Rich Burkhardt will take on the role of senior manager, cargo field and mail operations role. He currently serves as the general manager, cargo operations – JFK and has a wealth of cargo experience having led one of American’s largest Cargo hubs at JFK in addition to managing regional spoke and postal operations.

American Airlines Cargo vice president for operations, David Vance said: “We’re extremely lucky and excited to have people like Lorraine, Brian and Rich leading key parts of our cargo operation.

“They each have outstanding operational and leadership backgrounds, and a knack for providing exceptional customer service.”

Two new additions to the cargo senior leadership team also include Tim Paliganoff, director of customer experienc. He takes on this role left vacant by Eric Mathieu, who now leads the cargo operation in Miami, as director of cargo operations MIA.

And Chris Isaac becomes director of revenue management filling the position formerly held by Lori Sinn.

American Airlines Cargo president, Rick Elieson said: “I’m excited to have such caring, customer-oriented leaders joining the Cargo team, and for the depth and breadth of experience they bring to their new roles.”