American Airlines seeks Comeaux replacement

American Airlines’ corporate communications manager for Europe, Al Comeaux, has left the company after two years.

American Airlines’ corporate communications manager for Europe, Al

Comeaux, has left the company after two years.



He has returned to the US, where he has taken up the position of PR

director for Travelocity, the on-line travel information and booking

site.



Comeaux is replaced in the interim by Lizann Peppard, who actually held

the position before leaving American Airlines in 1998 to go

freelance.



Peppard is taking on the role part-time, while a suitable replacement is

found.



Peppard created the role of corporate communications manager when she

joined the airline in 1990 from Hill and Knowlton. She set up the

in-house department, and is working with the same team she left in

1998.



As a freelance, Peppard has maintained her links with the airline,

taking the role of consulting editor of the in-house magazine. However,

she has no plans to go back to being a full-time member of staff.



The corporate communications manager for Europe oversees a team of three

in London, plus consultants in France and Germany. The role involves

travel in Europe, and reports in to marketing and communications chief

Michael Gunn in Dallas, Texas.



The airline’s relationship with retained agency Henry’s House is not

affected by the change. Henry’s House was hired by Comeaux earlier this

year on a 12-month contract to promote American Airlines to business

travellers (PR Week, 3 March).



The agency works to support the airline’s advertising campaign, and

initiatives such as its sponsorship of the Broadgate festival, which

takes place next month, as well as the London Film Festival, to be held

in November.



American Airlines, founded in 1926, is the largest US carrier out of the

United Kingdom. It has the biggest commercial fleet in the world, with

some 700 aircraft, and had revenues of pounds 10.8 billion in 1999.



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