He succeeds Nicolas Ferri, who left oneworld late last year to take up an appointment outside the alliance.

Stephen Usery has joined oneworld from Twin Cities Public Television in Minneapolis-St Paul, where he has served as Chief Fundraising and Marketing Officer since 2009, after six years as Vice-President Marketing and Strategy.

He moved there from US Airways, where he had been Vice-President Marketing and Revenue Management for three years, with responsibility for pricing and revenue management, advertising, direct marketing, frequent flyer programmes, strategic marketing partnerships, product development and market research.  Before joining US Airways, he spent eight years in various alliance, marketing and revenue management roles at Northwest Airlines, including serving as Managing Director Alliances, Director Product Development and Director Yield Management.

He joined Northwest from SunTrust Bank where he spent six years on various Marketing assignments.  He began his career as an auditor and small business consultant with consultancy Touche Ross.

Aged 51 with American citizenship, he holds a BA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an MBA from Vanderbilt University.