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USHCC Board of Directors Welcomes Fernand Fernandez, Vice President of Global Marketing for American Airlines

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) has announced that Fernand Fernandez, Vice President of Global Marketing at American Airlines, has joined the organization's Board of Directors. American Airlines is the world's largest airline, providing customers access to over 6,700 flights daily to more than 250 cities in more than 40 countries in the combined global network.

"The USHCC is proud to welcome American's Fernand Fernandez to our Board of Directors," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "As vice president of Global Marketing, Mr. Fernandez has been instrumental in positioning American as a world-renowned agent of commerce, progress, and hope by helping ensure safe and reliable flights for over half a million passengers each day. With Fernand on our Board of Directors, American will continue to serve as an ally to our association and advocate for businesses large and small across the globe."

"At American, we believe a continued focus on our diversity and inclusion initiatives positively impacts our more than 100,000 employees, our customers and the many communities we serve," said Fernand Fernandez, American's vice president – Global Marketing. "American is 'going for great' in everything we do. That means including diverse points of view and team members with wide variety of skills to help us overcome challenges and excel against global competition."

In 2014, the USHCC recognized American Airlines with the Corporation of the Year Award, presented annually to a corporation that has championed Hispanic enterprise, demonstrating that diversity and inclusion initiatives are both principled and profitable. Mr. Fernandez accepted the award on behalf of American.

"As a longtime partner of the USHCC, American Airlines has distinguished itself as a steadfast advocate for the Hispanic business community and a global advocate for corporate responsibility, supplier diversity, and inclusiveness," said USHCC Chairman of Nominations and Governance Don Salazar. "We are thrilled to have Fernand Fernandez join our Board of Directors from this exemplary corporation and look forward to working together to continue advancing the mission of the USHCC."

Through its Supplier Diversity program, American Airlines has invested more than $4 billion with minority, women-owned and LGBT businesses, and has received a 100 percent Corporate Equality Index rating from the Human Rights Campaign for 13 consecutive years.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 240 major corporations.

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CONTACT: Ammar Campa-Najjar Director of Communications and Marketing 619-721-5148Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce