Rick Elieson @ American Airlines Cargo

Rick Elieson

American Airlines Cargo has promoted Rick Elieson to position of president of cargo, taking over from Jim Butler who was recently promoted to senior vice president – international and cargo, following Art Torno’s retirement 38 years with the carrier.

Jim Butler

Butler – himself a long-time fixture at the carrier having more than two decades under his belt – moves up from his position as president of cargo, a role he has held since 2013. Butler has been credited with integrating the cargo division into the carrier and has a wealth of experience after 21 years working across sales, marketing and finance, as well as holding postings overseas in London and Buenos Aires.

Rick Elieson


Elieson, who has worked at the carrier for more than 20 years, will take up the role full-time in May. He will also take Butler’s seat on the IATA Cargo Committee. Elieson, a fluent Japanese speaker, has a wide range of experience, including domestic revenue management, pricing and yield management, pricing strategy and digital and global partnerships.

Roger Samways

Butler said: “We often look at cargo as an airline within an airline. Leading this fantastic team requires a wide range of experience, which Rick brings to the position. His history in leading large-scale strategic partnerships, pricing and revenue management and complex technology implementations, combined with his goal of building collaborative and empowered teams is the perfect recipe for supporting the future success of our cargo division.”

Meanwhile, Roger Samways, who joined the cargo team in 1998, is being promoted from managing director – global sales and key accounts, to vice president – global sales.

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