Sarah Rhoads

Sarah Rhoads, director of Amazon's cargo business Amazon Air, poses for a picture in this provided image. Rhoads is a Butte native and former fighter pilot. 

A Butte native who now directs Amazon Global Air will serve as Montana Tech's commencement speaker on Saturday in the Butte Civic Center. 

As director of Amazon Global Air, Sarah Rhoads leads Amazon’s expanding air-haul network, which includes Boeing 737 and Boeing 767 aircraft operating out of 27 airports globally.

Rhoads joined Amazon in May 2011 as an Operations Manager in Lexington, Kentucky. In early 2012, she was promoted to Senior Operations Manager, leading teams in Lexington and Columbia, South Carolina, before relocating in 2013 to Fort Worth, Texas, to lead the launch of the outbound operation in the largest, robotics-ready facility in Amazon’s world-wide network.  

She relocated to London in January 2016 and assumed the role of regional director of operations, responsible for leading thousands of Amazon employees and fulfillment center operations throughout northwest England and Wales.  

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Rhoads returned to the United States and was named director of Amazon Air in September 2017. And just this month, she assumed world-wide responsibility of Amazon’s air network as director of Amazon Global Air.

Prior to joining Amazon, Rhoads served in the U.S. Navy as an F/A-18 E/F fighter pilot, holding qualifications as a designated combat section lead, division lead, functional check flight pilot, and instructor pilot, accumulating over 250 day and night carrier arrested landings on four different aircraft carriers, and executing 37 combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Rhoads attended Butte High, the United States Naval Academy and the United States Naval War College. She is an avid downhill skier, world traveler, outdoor enthusiast and runner. 

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