US Airways CEO to speak at graduation

US Airways Chairman and CEO Doug Parker, a driving force behind the $11 billion American Airlines merger, will deliver the keynote address May 3, 2013, at Thunderbird’s spring 2013 commencement. When the merger goes through, Parker will be CEO of the world’s largest airline — the latest chapter in a remarkable story that began in Phoenix, Arizona, with a startup company called America West Airlines.

Parker became CEO at America West just 10 days before the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. He guided the company through the crisis and then through its 2005 merger with US Airways.

At Thunderbird he will address 242 degree and certificate candidates from 11 programs representing 35 countries. The youngest candidate is 22-year-old Ji Chen ’13, a student in Thunderbird’s Master of Science in Global Management program. The oldest candidate is 65-year-old Jay Jacobsmuhlen ’13, a student in Thunderbird’s Online Global MBA program.

To watch the ceremony, come to the Thunderbird Events Center at 10 a.m. Arizona time or visit for a live webcast.

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