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Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline  
User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5192 posts, RR: 8
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3601 times:

Reuters
Virgin set to grab Virgin USA CEO from US airline
Thursday February 12, 11:49 am ET


LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Richard Branson's Virgin Group is set to chose a chief executive for its planned U.S. low-fares unit from a shortlist of three U.S. airline executives, the company said on Thursday.
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The announcement is imminent as the group's board agreed in principle at a meeting in London on Wednesday to go ahead with the airline, a spokesman said.

"We reckon that the chief executive announcement will be about the 23rd of February when an individual is prepared to let his name go into the frame," he said, adding three candidates from U.S. airlines had been considered.

The spokesman said Virgin was speaking to three plane manufacturers about planes for the new carrier.

Its low-fare carriers Virgin Express (Brussels:VIRG.BR - News) in Belgium and Virgin Blue (Australia:VBA.AX - News) in Australia fly Boeing Co (NYSE:BA - News) fleets, though flagship long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic has Boeing and Airbus (Paris:EAD.PA - News; XETRA:EAD.DE - News) planes.

Interesting--anybody come to mind?




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User currently offlineBCAInfoSys From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

I SINCERELY doubt that he'd go for it, but Gordon Bethune is going to be leaving CO soon. So I suppose it's possible; but for some reason, I really doubt that he'd go the way of VS.

User currently offlineDeltaffindfw From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1440 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 3550 times:


Don Carty? Bob Crandall? Uncle Leo?


User currently offlineVSLover From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1897 posts, RR: 22
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 3467 times:

well the only thing with bethune is he already has a good relationship with branson through their alignment.

so while possible, still improbable as mentioned. though this start-up will need someone very experienced to make it succeed.

how about tilton? HA, i'm only kidding.


User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3327 times:

Although it may shock some of you to hear me say it. I expect that it will be Gordon also.

J


User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 84
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3319 times:

You can't really get someone better than Gordon.

N


User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25275 posts, RR: 85
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3273 times:
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I agree that Gordon Bethune would be excellent for the job - BUT:

I would guess Continental has a clause in his contract that doesn't allow him to work for a competitor for a specified period of time.

If they don't have such a clause, silly them.

cheers

mariner



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User currently offlineRichard28 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 1619 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3213 times:

Continental also have a code-share with VS, so he would know/worked with Richard Branson before

User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 8, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3203 times:

Why not Frankie?

User currently offline762er From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 542 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 3164 times:

I thought Gordon was going to retire. He's going to be 65 and he's got enough money to spend the rest of his life flying around in a GV between multiple mansions on luxury islands. If I were him, I'd be reluctant to accept another executive position. I guess time will tell.

User currently offlineCOIAH99 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 251 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 3107 times:

Also remember Gordon will still be on the board of directors for CO.


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16872 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 3028 times:

"I SINCERELY doubt that he'd go for it, but Gordon Bethune is going to be leaving CO soon"

Gordon does not leave CO's CEO position untill January '05, and even after that he will be on CO's Board of Directors.

I think it might be someone younger, someone (believe it or not) like David Siegal.

Another possibility is Gordon's former right hand man Greg Brenneman, I would put Greg and David ahead of Gordon. Branson would love to have Gordon, but Gordon is in his 60s now and is loaded. He doesn't need the work load that would come with a start-up airline, he's going to San Diego to retire.




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User currently offlineETStar From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 2103 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2985 times:

I heard it's Carl Icahn!


ok ok... just kidding. I am sure no airline would allow him to get near their business..


User currently offlineLMP737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2880 times:

Don Carty is available. He could find new and inventive ways to waste another airlines money.

User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2857 times:

Steve Wolf. Or maybe it's all a red herring, and it'll be our very own Rod.

User currently offlineA330323X From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 3039 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

I think it might be someone younger, someone (believe it or not) like David Siegal.

Oh God, please, take him!  Laugh out loud



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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

What about Joe Leonard, AirTran's CEO? Here is a guy that took an airline that was on the verge of going under and has made them one of the handful of profitable airlines in the US. It really is only a matter of time before someone tries to poach him from AirTran.

User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3213 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2716 times:

BAckfire

ITS NOT YOUR ROD>>>>> he's property of the Commonwealth of Australia!
and yes, he would make an excellent choice.

Consider the resume.
cathay (built it into the modern thing it is)
ansett (made is profitable briefly and before the AirNZ situation took over)
BA( back in mega profits again!)

oxford scholar, and also a rebal. Real Australian style that somewhat is apparent in branson himself too! Plus Australians go down better in America than britons, so, I can see him as a very good choice.


User currently offlineLufthansa From Christmas Island, joined May 1999, 3213 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2711 times:

actually I take that back

Its going to be

MARGARET THATCHER!


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2705 times:

Definetely not Joe Leonard, I think he is happy at FL.

User currently offlineDeltabobo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 206 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

What about our friend Frank Lorenzo!!!!! Hahahaha. A chance in hell probably!!!!

:-()



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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 21, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
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What about Carl Ichan?


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User currently offlineTZSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 202 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2575 times:

The press release doesn't say that it is a current CEO......it could be a current EVP, VP, or ramp agent for that matter.

TZ



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User currently offlineFreshlove1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2553 times:

I think it's going to be Steven Wolfe and Rakeash Ganghwal that are gonna run the show.

User currently offlineEsajh From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 39 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (10 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

"What about Joe Leonard, AirTran's CEO? Here is a guy that took an airline that was on the verge of going under and has made them one of the handful of profitable airlines in the US.”

You wouldn’t be talking about “Fork-Lift” Joe now would you? You know the brilliant guy that came up with the beautiful procedure of putting engines on American Airline’s DC-10s. Like the one he put on in ORD that happened to come off and kill nearly 200 people. That guy?

Or was it the brilliant Joe that decided to put O2 containers on DC-9s in MIA? You know stack them along with some tires so they can roll back and start a fire and kill a 100 folks in the Everglades. That guy?

Yeah the guy that caused the whole industry to spend billions simply because he wanted to make a quick buck, ignored rules and cut corners. You know the guy that won’t watch where he is going so the whole country must follow some law made to protect idiots, charlatans and crooks.

Yeah I know the guy!


25 Esajh : “I think it's going to be Steven Wolfe and Rakeash Ganghwal that are gonna run the show. “ You are not talking about the “Rocky and Bullwinkle
26 Voodoo : I guess it won't be Mesa's CEO Ornstein who, I believe, set up Virgin Express in Belgium for Branson before..........?[Edited 2004-02-13 14:16:07]
27 Alpha 1 : It won't be Gordon, good of a choice as that would be. He is 65, and is retiring, from all accounts. He will be on the CO Board, and, as mentioned, th
28 Srbmod : Or was it the brilliant Joe that decided to put O2 containers on DC-9s in MIA? You know stack them along with some tires so they can roll back and sta
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