Earl Barnes is the Managing Director for American Airlines, supporting Customer Technology based in Fort Worth, Texas. In this capacity, he leads 375 professionals across the globe to deliver transformational, high-value services, supporting Global Fields Support, Global IT Help Desk, Unified Communications, Collaboration Tools, and Air to Ground Communications. Earl champions empowering teams, modernizing technology architecture, advancing technology practices, fostering innovation, and driving organizational transformation.  

Earl brings a diverse background of experience to his current role. He has over 35 years of technology experience leading organizations in global architecture, design, implementation, and support across multiple industries. In addition to his current role, he served as Vice President of Customer Migrations for Radianz; Head of Global Operations for Flowserve Corp; and Vice President of Operations and Infrastructure for The Brinks Corporation. 

Earl is proud to call himself a servant leader. He is an active member of the company’s DEI Black Executive Leadership Council, and mentoring circles. These efforts are committed to the development, retention, and advancement of Black leaders.

Earl is a graduate of Letourneau University and a US Army veteran with multiple service awards and ribbons.