Amr's Executive In The Catbird Seat

ROBERT CRANDALL, CHAIRMAN of AMR, gained an heir apparent, naming Donald Carty as president of the company's American Airlines unit on Mar. 15. Carty, a finance executive who has turned down top jobs at United Airlines and Air Canada in recent years, won't get the corporate president's title Crandall has held since 1980. But he does take on responsibility for crafting new labor agreements to save $750 million. His selection won't win many friends among AMR's unions, though. Says one union spokesman: "With all the emphasis on the nonairline parts of the company, we'd like to have seen someone with the airline's health at heart."

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