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Introducing the GetGlobal Speakers

Suzanne Boda
SVP, Los Angeles, American Airlines

Suzanne Headshot 2019

Global Los Angeles

Suzanne Boda has been a driving force for diversity, inclusion and equality in the aviation industry for over three decades. After beginning her career with Northwest Airlines in 1983 as a passenger service representative and Japanese interpreter in Minneapolis, her leadership ability has enabled her to rise through the industry ranks. Today, she serves as Senior Vice President – Los Angeles for American Airlines where she is charged with developing and achieving American’s strategic goals as it continues to strengthen its presence in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California.

Prior to her current position, Ms. Boda served as American’s Senior Vice President – Hub and Gateway Operations, where she oversaw American Airline’s large domestic airports. She has also held the role of Senior Vice President of Asia, Canada, Europe and Cargo Operations, and previously served as Northwest Airlines Vice President, Inflight Services and Vice President, Customer Service Station Operations.

Throughout every step in her career, Ms. Boda has leveraged her positions to create a more inclusive and equitable workplace. She has been a strong advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community, for women and for those with disabilities, and was a founding member of Employee Business Resource Groups to further their causes at Northwest Airlines in the 1980s. Today she serves on the Board of Directors at the American Association of People with Disabilities, as executive co-sponsor of American Airlines’ PRIDE Employee Business Resource Group, and recently served as executive sponsor of American’s Women’s Leadership Program, among other positions.

In addition to her roles within the aviation industry, Ms. Boda works diligently to improve local communities. She serves on the Boards of Directors at the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation, Sci-Arc in Los Angeles, the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia, and Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies and in Spanish.


Ms. Boda lives in Los Angeles, California. Together with her husband, George, she is an avid snow and water skier, runner and enjoys spending time with her family.