oneworld alliance names Nathaniel Pieper as new CEO

A Cathay Pacific aircraft in oneworld alliance livery.
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The oneworld® alliance has named airline industry veteran Nathaniel (Nat) Pieper as its new CEO. Pieper, who is currently senior vice president of fleet, finance and alliances at oneworld member Alaska Airlines, will join the alliance in his new role on 1 April 2024.

With an impressive track record and extensive experience, Pieper is now set to steer oneworld through its 25th anniversary celebration year.

Incoming CEO Nathaniel Pieper

With a career spanning over 25 years, Nathaniel Pieper brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his new role as CEO of oneworld.

Currently serving as the senior vice president of fleet, finance, and alliances at Alaska Airlines, Pieper has demonstrated his ability to navigate the complexities of the industry and drive strategic initiatives to fruition.

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A Track Record of Success

Pieper’s accomplishments at Alaska Airlines speak volumes about his ability to drive growth and navigate challenges effectively.

His instrumental role in facilitating Alaska’s entry into the oneworld alliance underscores his commitment to fostering collaboration and expanding opportunities for travelers.


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Academic Credentials

Pieper’s educational background further solidifies his credentials as a capable leader in the aviation industry.

With a bachelor’s degree in history from Duke University and an MBA in finance, strategy, and transportation management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Pieper brings a unique blend of academic rigor and practical experience to his role.

Endorsement from Industry Leaders

Robert Isom, CEO of American Airlines and Chairman of the oneworld alliance, expressed his confidence in Pieper’s appointment, highlighting his extensive experience and vision.

“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,” said Islom.

“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.”

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Looking Towards the Future

In his own words, Nat Pieper expresses his excitement about joining the oneworld family and the opportunities that lie ahead.

 “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,” said Pieper.

“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 will report to the alliance’s Governing Board, comprised of the member airline CEOs.

At the helm of oneworld, Pieper’s primary objective will be to strengthen the alliance between its partners, fostering collaboration and innovation to meet the evolving needs of travelers.

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