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Our senior management team supports the goals of our customers and our Company, leveraging over 150 years of combined airline operating experience in both passenger and cargo operations. ​

John Dietrich​​
President & Chief Executive Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide, Atlas Air and Southern Air, Inc.

John Dietrich became President & Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide and Atlas Air, Inc., its primary operating subsidiary, in January 2020. He was also elected to the Atlas Air Worldwide Board of Directors at such time.

Prior to January 2020, he served as President of Atlas Air Worldwide from July 2019 to December 2019 and President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air, Inc. from October 2014 to December 2019.

Atlas Air Worldwide is a leading global provider of outsourced aircraft and aviation operating services. Mr. Dietrich is also President & Chief Executive Officer of Southern Air, Inc., an airline acquired by Atlas Air Worldwide in 2016.

Mr. Dietrich has over 30 years’ experience in all facets of aviation and airline management. He serves as Chairman of the National Defense Transportation Association. He also sits on the Board of Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Inc., a joint venture airline with DHL Express, and the Board of AACT, a Korean joint venture for warehouse and ground handling services.

Mr. Dietrich joined Atlas Air Worldwide in 1999 as Associate General Counsel and in 2004 was promoted to Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary. In that role, he also had responsibility for Human Resources and Corporate Communications.

Prior to joining AAWW, Mr. Dietrich spent 13 years at United Airlines, seven of those as a litigation attorney. At both United and AAWW, he was responsible for providing legal counsel to all levels of management and served as an advisor on issues related to labor relations, employment and commercial litigation.

Mr. Dietrich attended Southern Illinois University and graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School. He is a member of the Bar in New York, Illinois and Colorado.

James Forbes
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Atlas Air Worldwide

James A. (Jim) Forbes was appointed to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the company on January 1, 2020. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlas Air Worldwide, he will serve as Chief Operating Officer of the company’s subsidiaries Atlas Air, Inc. and Southern Air, Inc.

He has over 30 years of aviation operating experience, including more than 20 years with Atlas Air Worldwide. He is currently Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer for Southern Air. In this role, he has been responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day Southern Air operation, including flight, ground and technical operations, as well as safety, performance and customer satisfaction.

Mr. Forbes joined Atlas in 1997 as Senior Director of Ground Operations, where he helped build the global infrastructure upon which Atlas has grown. He was promoted to Vice President, Worldwide Ground Operations in 2001, overseeing station operations for all of Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo. In 2008, Mr. Forbes was named Senior Vice President for System Performance and Quality at Polar Air Cargo Worldwide, Atlas’ joint venture with DHL Express. In that role he led the transformation of the all-cargo network into today’s on-time express operation that supports DHL Express’ worldwide air network.

Prior to joining Atlas, Mr. Forbes was Station Director for USAir’s transatlantic hub in Philadelphia, overseeing 350 daily departures and leading nearly 2,000 employees. Earlier in his career, Mr. Forbes served as Chairman of the Merger Committee for Teamsters Union Local 278, which represented ground employees of Pacific Southwest Airlines and negotiated the all-airport staff merger of USAir and Pacific Southwest Airlines.