Three senior appointments have been announced by oneworld® ahead of next month’s move of the leading global airline alliance’s head office from Vancouver to New York.
The British Airways and joint business teams moved into the building at the beginning of this month. The central oneworld alliance team will follow on a phased basis from next month, with the other airlines will moving in later this year.
Reporting directly to oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby, they are:
• Stephen Usery, who has joined as oneworld’s Vice-President Commercial, leading the alliances sales and marketing activities, including its frequent flyer offering, consumer fare products, advertising, e-commerce, brand, sales and market development. He succeeds Nicolas Ferri, who left oneworld late last year to take up an appointment outside the alliance.
• Dennis Tierney, who has been appointed Vice-President Membership and Customer Experience, with responsibility for relations with oneworld’s existing member airlines and soliciting and inducting new member airlines, developing the oneworld network and ensuring it maintains its leadership in its customer offering, including airport co-location. His new position combines those of Vice-President Membership and Operations Kathy Mullen and Vice-President Customer Experience and Airports Robert Antoniuk, who have opted to leave oneworld and stay in Vancouver rather than relocate to New York.
• Anita Beier, who has been named Director Finance and Administration and CFO, a new position covering responsibilities previously spread across a number of departments in the alliance central team, bringing together all financial and administrative functions as well as co-ordinating the sharing of best practices across the oneworld member airlines.
oneworld CEO Bruce Ashby said: "Stephen, Dennis and Anita each bring their considerable relevant experience and great track records to their new roles. Their collective experience covers the entire span of alliance activities and will provide a strong foundation for our team as we embark on the next exciting phase of oneworld’s development, building on the solid progress of the past decade in establishing oneworld firmly as the world’s premier airline alliance."
The move of oneworld’s head office to New York, announced in December, will enable its central alliance team to keep its finger right on the pulse of the world’s single biggest air travel market, with New York’s airports used by 110 million passengers a year. The city is served by more flights by more oneworld member airlines than any other destination worldwide, with 10 of the alliance’s 14 existing and designate members flying to at least one of its airports.
The new oneworld headquarters will be at 2 Park Avenue, Manhattan. The alliance team will share the 46,200 sq ft premises with the New York offices of most oneworld member airlines and the unit managing the new transatlantic joint business launched in October between oneworld partners American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia. Bringing these various functions together will maximise synergies between these key elements of the alliance, particularly in developing more new services and benefits for customers.