Vice President – Base Maintenance
William J. Collins III was named American Airlines’ Vice President – Base Maintenance, in October 2010. Collins oversees American's maintenance operations at its major repair, overhaul and modification bases at Tulsa, Dallas and Alliance, Texas. The three maintenance bases employ more than 8,800 employees who support a fleet of more than 600 aircraft. Bill is based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Since 2004, Bill has held leadership positions at GE Aviation, a world-leading provider of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power and mechanical systems for aircraft. Prior to American Airlines, Bill led GE Aviation's Electric Power division, overseeing the development, implementation, and aftermarket support for advanced electric power systems. Prior to that, he was responsible for GE Aviation Systems' Electronics Divisions, leading the organization's electronic manufacturing, supply chain and aftermarket groups.
Bill began his career as an engineering manager for Texas Instruments, creating integrated circuit product designs. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed the Kellogg School of Management Executive Development Program at Northwestern University. Bill also holds a Six Sigma Black Belt – Certified in Engineering and Quality Best Practices and a Six Sigma Green Belt – Certified in Sales and Business Development Best Practices. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors with the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce.