José Freig is the Managing Director, International Government Affairs and Chief Security Officer for American Airlines. In this role, Freig oversees the airline’s corporate security and international government affairs team to include the relationship with all federal agencies focused on security. He is responsible for the airline’s foreign government affairs efforts, domestic and international security programs, investigations, fraud and revenue protection, crew and operations security, and regulatory compliance. José oversees the airline’s relationship with foreign governments and represents American Airlines’ interests and priorities before agencies under the Department of Homeland Security, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). José also leads American’s security and related policy development and advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and at the White House.
Prior to joining American in 2008, Freig served as the Area Director, West Region for Siemens Government Technologies in Phoenix, Arizona as the security technology and screening liaison to TSA, CBP, Department of State, airport authorities and original equipment manufacturers.
José is the Vice Chairman of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Security Group, former Chairman of the Airlines for America (A4A) Security Council, and is an active member of the International Security Management Association (ISMA) and Domestic Security Alliance Council (DSAC). He is also a board member for Hostage US.