WASHINGTON, March 6, 2017 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today named Todd Burke as senior vice president, communications. Burke joins A4A after more than 25 years in the airline industry, holding senior operations and communications roles with TWA, American Airlines and JetBlue Airways.
In his new role, Mr. Burke will develop and oversee a multifaceted strategic communications plan that supports the mission and key objectives of A4A and its member airlines. Additionally, he will direct the association’s digital and media relations, crisis communications, branding and advertising programs.
“Todd is an exceptional corporate and crisis communications executive whose vast airline experience demonstrates a proven track record of strategic communications counsel,” Calio said. “Todd has successfully led his airline teams through some high profile issues, making him the ideal person to lead the talented, award-winning A4A communications team into the future.”
“My career has afforded me the opportunity to lead professional communications teams in a number of diverse industries,” said Burke. “However, my true passion never strayed far from the dynamic world of commercial aviation, so I look forward to coming back and leading a very talented group at A4A to serve our airline members well.”
A native of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Mr. Burke and his family will be relocating from Atlanta, where he most recently served as vice president of corporate communications for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.