Speaker: Arthur Torno

Arthur Torno

Vice President of New York American Airlines 

Arthur J. Torno, a broadly-experienced executive with American Airlines, is American Airlines Vice President of New York. He has responsibility for airport operations and broad oversight of American’s strategic initiatives in the New York market. He also closely partners with AMR’s Sales, Capacity Planning, Real Estate, Government Affairs and Community Affairs groups to strengthen, promote and advocate for American Airlines in the New York metropolitan area. Torno is based in Manhattan.

Previous to this position Torno had responsibility for American’s Caribbean operations, which included the San Juan Hub along with 24 island destinations. He also spent three years running South American operations with an office in Santiago, Chile. He was named Vice President - Caribbean and Latin American Operations for American in January 1999. Torno was responsible for all aspects of American’s operations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Mexico, which is the largest international operation in American’s route system.

Torno was named a corporate officer in November 1996, when he was named Vice President - Miami. He was put in charge of the Miami hub as Managing Director - Miami in 1991 after serving five years in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as Managing Director - American’s Caribbean hub.

Prior to that, he was the airline’s manager of passenger services at Los Angeles International Airport; general manager at Bakersfield, Calif.; a group supervisor at Los Angeles; and a supervisor at New York’s LaGuardia Airport, where he began his career with American in 1979 as a flight attendant.

Before joining the airline, Torno was a staff auditor with the accounting firm of Arthur Young & Company in Philadelphia.

Torno is on the board of directors of NYC & Company, the Regional Plan Association, the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and The New York Pops. He has served in a number of leadership positions in the community including the board of governors of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; the board of directors and board treasurer of the Beacon Council; vice chairman of the board of directors of the American Red Cross, South Florida Blood Region; and a member of the Dade-Monroe Counties WAGES Coalition, the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation - South Florida Chapter and on the board of trustees for the Baldwin School of Puerto Rico. He also served on the board of Aerosan, a major ground handling and cargo operating venture located in Santiago, Chile.

A native of Camden, N.J., Torno received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from LaSalle University in Philadelphia in 1977.