American Airlines has hired Ganesh Jayaram as its new executive vice president and chief technology officer.
Jayaram was hired by John Deere & Co. based in Illinois, where he held several key leadership roles, including vice president of information technology and vice president of corporate strategy and business development.
American CEO Robert Isom said Jayaram will have responsibility for the airline’s technology operations and strategic business objectives. He joins American on September 1.
“Ganesh has a proven ability to drive innovation in large and complex global organizations that are focused on operational reliability,” Isom said in a statement. “His leadership style, global expertise and success in building and implementing business and technology strategy will serve him extremely well as he steps in to lead our technology team.”
Jayaram will arrive as the US and airline industry grapple with the challenges of a shortage of pilots and other workers, which has led to widespread flight delays and cancellations and the elimination of some routes.
Among his duties, he will help shape a technology strategy to drive customer and employee experience and satisfaction.
Jayaram has spent the last 15 years with John Deere. Since 2016, he has served as the chief information officer of the tractor company. Prior to Deere, he worked at Danaher Corp. and Canon USA Inc.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU) and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University.
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Jayaram will succeed Maya Leibman, who previously announced that she would be relocating to London for family reasons. Leibman will help with the transition through the end of the year. She will take on a new role for the American with international responsibilities in 2023.
Leibman joined American in 1994 and has served as the airline’s chief information officer since 2012.
“The Maya have been a central leader in American evolution over the past decade,” Isom said. “Her leadership has left an imprint on our entire organization and we are grateful for all she has done. She has prepared us well for this transition and we look forward to her continued leadership at American.”