Former SVP - FedEx
Former Administrator FAA
Former Chairman, Airbus Group (North America)
Mr. McArtor was elected to the board in January 2021 and serves as Vice Chairman. He served as Chairman of Airbus Americas, Inc. from 2001-2018, retiring as Chairman Emeritus. Before joining Airbus, he was founder, chairman and CEO of Legend Airlines, a regional airline based at Dallas Love Field, Texas. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan as the FAA Administrator from 1987 to 1989.
Mr. McArtor served on the senior management team of Federal Express from 1979 to 1987 and 1989 to 1994 first as Senior Vice President Telecommunications during the development of FedEx’s extensive satellite-based digital network, then as Senior Vice President Air Operations for FedEx’s global airline, where he oversaw all of the airline operations including maintenance, strategic planning, and flight operations, as well as aircraft fleet acquisitions.
Mr. McArtor was an active duty Air Force officer from 1964-1974, during which he served as a combat fighter pilot, an Associate Professor of Engineering Mechanics at the Air Force Academy, and a pilot with the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds Aerial Demonstration Team.
He is a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy (BSE) where he was Cadet Wing Commander, and holds a master’s degree (MSE) from Arizona State University.