American Airlines has announced the appointment of William Collins to the position of vice president - base maintenance. Collins will oversee the carrier's maintenance operations at its major repair, overhaul and modification bases and work out of offices in Tulsa, Okla. The business employs over 8,800 employees supporting a fleet of more than 600 aircraft.
Since 2004, Collins has held leadership positions at GE Aviation. Most recently, he led GE Aviation's Electric Power division, overseeing the development, implementation and aftermarket support for advanced electric power systems. Prior to that, he was responsible for GE Aviation Systems' Electronics Divisions, leading the organization's electronic manufacturing, supply chain and aftermarket groups.
"Collins brings nearly 30 years of engineering, aviation and manufacturing experience to our team," said Jim Ream, American's senior vice president - maintenance & engineering. "We will greatly benefit from his vast knowledge of aircraft systems maintenance. I am confident that under his leadership, we will continue to shine as a leading maintenance, overhaul and repair provider," he added.
Collins began his career as an engineering manager for Texas Instruments, creating integrated circuit product designs. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the Kellogg School of Management Executive Development Program at Northwestern University. Collins also holds a six sigma black belt - certified in engineering and quality best practices and a six sigma green belt - certified in sales and business development best practices.