A look at AMR Corp. CEO Thomas W. Horton

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Posted: Mar 26, 2012 6:13 PM
A look at AMR Corp. CEO Thomas W. Horton

NAME: Thomas W. Horton

AGE: 50. Born May 24, 1961.

GREW UP: Near Houston.

LIVES IN: Dallas.

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Baylor University; MBA from Southern Methodist University.

CAREER: Horton joined AMR in 1985 in the finance department after two years at an accounting firm. He made vice president nine years later, oversaw the airline's European operations, and was promoted to chief financial officer in 2000. With the airline industry reeling from the September 2011 terror attacks, Horton left in 2002 to become CFO of AT&T, where he worked on the merger with rival phone company SBC. He returned to AMR in 2006, was promoted to president in July 2010, and was named to succeed Gerard Arpey as CEO and chairman on Nov. 28, 2011, the day before AMR filed for bankruptcy protection.

PERSONAL: Horton and his wife, Janet, have been married since 1983. Two children.

MORNING ROUTINE: Runs at 5:30 a.m., usually six days a week. Sticks to his running even during frequent travels: "I love to run in the cities of the world. I just love to hop out and go."

LONG DISTANCE: Horton ran his last 26.2-mile marathon in New York in 2008, finishing in 3 hours and 50 minutes. In 2010, he ran a half-marathon in San Francisco, finishing 32nd out of 343 men in the 40-to-49 age group, according to the event's website.

OFFICE ART: A huge black-and-white photograph of aviator Charles Lindbergh in the cockpit of a Robertson Aircraft plane. Robertson Aircraft Corp. delivered mail for the U.S. post office and was among the carriers that combined to form American Airlines. On a table are two Western-style bronze figures that belonged to longtime AMR CEO C.R. Smith: "Brave Warrior," by Canadian-born artist Alexander Phimister Proctor, and "Pony Express Rider," by American artist Solon Borglum.