American Airlines Names New Tech Chief
Group Inc. announced today it would appoint
currently the chief information officer of
& Co., as chief digital and information officer, effective Sept. 1.
Mr. Jayaram will report to American Chief Executive
who previously announced she would relocate to the U.K. for family reasons. Ms. Leibman has served as American’s CIO since 2012 and will continue with the company in an advisory role.
Mr. Jayaram was previously appointed CIO at Deere effective May 31 of this year. Before that, he had spent nearly 16 years at Deere in various information technology and business roles, including six years as the vice president of IT.
Before his career at the farm machinery maker, Mr. Jayaram held roles at
, Canon USA and Boston Consulting Group.
Mr. Isom said American began searching for a new tech chief in May when Ms. Leibman announced her move to the U.K., and that Ms. Leibman was instrumental in Mr. Jayaram’s selection.
“He has held leadership roles both inside the business and within technology teams, always with a focus on his team working collaboratively across disciplines,” Mr. Isom wrote in an internal memo that went out to all American employees today. “The scale of his work has been very similar to that at American—and that will allow him to get up to speed in relatively short order.”
American said that Ms. Leibman will assist in the transition until the end of the year, when she will take on new international responsibilities.
During her time as CIO, Ms. Leibman ushered in major IT initiatives, such as American’s move to the cloud and the integration of IT systems after American’s merger with US Airways.
“We are thankful for all the work Maya and her team have done to set us up for the future,” Mr. Isom wrote.
who held the CIO position at Deere before Mr. Jayaram, has reassumed that role at the company, in addition to his current role as chief financial officer and president of John Deere Financial.
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Appeared in the August 23, 2022, print edition as ‘American Airlines Names Digital Chief.’