Nathaniel (Nat) Pieper, a veteran of the airline business, has been named the next CEO of the oneworld® alliance. Pieper will begin his new position with the alliance on the 1st of April 2024. Pieper is currently senior vice president of fleet, finance, and alliances for oneworld member Alaska Airlines.
Pieper’s role as CEO will see oneworld through its 25th anniversary celebration year, with a focus on fortifying the partnership between its partners to offer clients a flawless and remarkable global travel experience. Pieper will report to the CEOs of the participating airlines on the alliance’s Governing Board.
“We are excited to welcome Nat Pieper into the role of CEO at oneworld and look forward to the alliance continuing its journey of innovation and collaboration under his leadership. With more than 25 years of working in the industry, Nat has the experience to enhance oneworld’s position as the premier airline alliance, modernizing travel for millions of customers and oneworld frequent flyers.”
Robert Isom, Chief Executive Officer for American Airlines and oneworld alliance Chairman for oneworld alliance.
In his present role at Alaska Airlines, Pieper led the airline’s oneworld entry, carried out aircraft trades totalling more than $9 billion, and obtained access to $5 billion in funding to keep Alaska afloat during the pandemic. Pieper has previously held executive positions managing financial, alliance, strategic, and international operations at Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines.
“In my airline career, I have admired from afar and now experienced first hand the influence and benefits the oneworld alliance brings to an airline and its customers. I am thrilled to join the oneworld family and look forward to working with all of the best-in-class carriers that are part of our alliance. The future of the oneworld alliance is bright and I am ready to continue to develop the alliance into its next 25 years.”
Pieper graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in history and from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management with a master’s degree in finance, strategy, and transportation management.
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