DALLAS and TEMPE, AZ—Elise Eberwein has been named executive vice president, people and communications, at the new American Airlines, created by the merger of AMR Corporation and US Airways Group. She will be responsible for human resources, media relations, internal communications, social media and public affairs.

Eberwein will be part of a leadership team led by Tom Horton, who will serve as chairman of the board, and Doug Parker, chief executive officer. She most recently served as executive vice president, people, communications and public affairs for US Airways Group and US Airways, its principal subsidiary company.

Eberwein has more than 26 years of combined airline experience. She joined America West Airlines in 2003 as vice president, corporate communications, from Denver-based Frontier Airlines where she spent five years leading that airline’s media relations, employee communications, customer relations, community relations and government affairs activities.

She began her career as a flight attendant for TWA and spent 11 years serving in various capacities at that airline.