Charlotte Teklitz has over 30 years of experience in a variety of management roles primarily in the airline industry. She retired from American Airlines in 2018 in the role of Managing Director, Procurement and Supply Chain where her team procured $2.7B in annual spend for airline food, beverage and customer amenities, aircraft and cargo handling, airline clubs, and corporate products and services.
Other management positions she held included Managing Director, Airport Affairs, overseeing the American Airlines real estate portfolio of airport and commercial properties. Projects during her tenure included co-locating US Airways and American operations across the system, negotiating agreements with the Chicago Department of Aviation for two new runways at Chicago O’Hare, new airport use agreements including authorization of significant airport capital improvement programs at Charlotte, Washington DC, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport During American’s Chapter 11 proceedings, she led its real estate restructuring, resulting in $40 million in annual rent savings, $1.3 billion reduction in special facility debt, and $45 million in asset sales.
As Managing Director, Benefits & Productivity, Charlotte oversaw benefits and workers compensation, where she instituted American’s first wellness program and restructured retiree benefits. She also led the Corporate Insurance and Risk Management function immediately after 9/11. While in Corporate Development, she worked on the acquisition of TWA, the spin-off of the Sabre Group, and structuring American’s participation in various joint ventures and strategic investments. She also held positions in international pricing, alliances, and strategic planning and sales.
Charlotte earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
In addition to her current chair role on the His Story board, Charlotte served on the board of United Way of Tarrant County for 6 years, the maximum term allowed, and on its board committees for strategic planning, and compensation and benefits. She lives in Colleyville TX with her husband of over 30 years, Matthew, and has two adult children, Sam and Claire.