Derek Kerr and Jennifer Sampson have been named to Dallas-based Comerica Inc.’s board of directors.
Kerr is the vice chairman and strategic advisor of Fort Worth-based American Airlines Group Inc., and the president of American Eagle.
Sampson is the McDermott-Templeton president and CEO of the nonprofit United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. Kerr will serve as a member of the Board’s Audit Committee, and Sampson will serve as a member of the Board’s Enterprise Risk Committee.
“Both Derek and Jennifer will bring specific skills, experiences and areas of knowledge to our board,” Curt Farmer, chairman, president and CEO of Comerica Inc., said in a statement. “I look forward to working closely with them to represent Comerica and those we serve, including our shareholders, customers, communities and colleagues.”
Oversee the airline’s regional operations
Kerr leads American’s regional and shipping teams and serves as a strategic advisor to the company. As president of American Eagle, he is responsible for more than half of American’s departures, overseeing the airline’s regional operations.
From 2013 to 2022, Kerr was EVP and CFO of American Airlines Group and its wholly-owned subsidiary, American Airlines Inc., overseeing global enterprise risk, corporate development and corporate finance functions, including treasury, accounting, financial planning, workforce and fleet analysis, tax, strategic planning, investor relations and procurement.
Previously, Kerr was executive vice president and chief financial officer of US Airways, a role he began in 2009. Prior to that, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of America West, a role he began in 2002.
Leading largest non-profit organization in North Texas
Sampson leads the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the largest social change organization focused on improving access to education, income and health in North Texas.
Since becoming CEO and President of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas in 2011, Sampson has built community trust in its mission and impact priorities and achieved outstanding results in resource development.
Previously, she was senior vice president and chief operating officer from 2004 to 2011, and senior vice president and chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004 for the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.
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