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Worst Airline CEO And Why  
User currently offlineFutureB6Capt From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 108 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7931 times:

I know their have been similar posts to this but I am curious on who you all think is the worst airline CEO and why?

-FutureB6Capt

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User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1652 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 7850 times:

Lornezo and Borman had fun rapeing a few airlines. Know anyone wo has flown Eastern lately?


I'll let some of the people here that have a personal stake in it have their say.



My Country can beat up your Country....
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7766 times:

Without a shadow of a doubt, Frank Lorenzo, the character study for Mr. Burns from "The Simpsons", is the all-time worst airline CEO (and most hated man) in business. Mean as a junk-yard dog but shrewd as a weasel, Lorenzo's hi-jinks make Ken Lay and Enron look like small potatoes.

If I remember right, he started with Texas International. He seemed to thrive on coming into a well-run airline, then selecting the parts that worked well and then selling them off to the highest bidder, thus ensuring the airline's financial ruin. His greatest evil delight was then demanding concessions from every part of the airline. If he got what he wanted, great - more for him, and quicker. If he didn't get what he wanted, all he had to do was work harder at ruining the company, thus ensuring its slow tortured death.

No matter how long it took, when bankruptcy eventually did arrive, "smooth-talking Frankie", as he used to be known in his first job on the streets as a deliveryman, had it all worked out that he, and only he, was the only person shielded from the bankruptcy proceedings. Are you a creditor that needs a payment? Don't talk to me, I'm just the CEO - you need to talk to the asset-less Airline! Ethics? He's never heard of the word.

After Texas International somehow took over Continental, the pattern repeated. Only the unions at finally-acquired Eastern Airlines put an end to his small-animal like torture of the airline industry. They fought him with the only tool they had that had any effect on him - publicity.

A creature like that functions only out of the public eye. But once his business practices were looked into, the spotlight was cast onto him, and his days of gobbling-up airlines and spitting out the carcasses were over. Continental has had to work very hard to pull their company off of life-support and shake off that reputation. Eastern and Texas International, RIP.

Carl Icahn would be a close second, basically because he did his thing to only one airline, but, painfully, it was one of the proudest names ever to grace the skies of the world - Trans World Airlines, the great TWA.

With a business plan much like Frank Lorenzo's, Carl Icahn changed TWA from the grande dame of the skies into Carol Burnett's character of Nora Desmond, silent screen movie star of great stature who has become a caricature of herself. While still plying many of the routes it pioneered, the legendary service became a bad joke that too many people did not find funny.

But where Lorenzo shied away from controversy, Icahn didn't mind it - in fact, he knew that if the unions protested too much, he could rely on public sympathy...I mean, no one wants to see TWA go out of business, do they? So be on my side, and tell those unions they're the ones ruining the airline - I'm just trying to save it!

One of his final acts merits special attention - when it became apparent that his days as CEO were numbered, he made a deal with the Devil SO evil even a Disney villan would have been horrified to ensure TWA's downfall. For every ticket TWA sold routing a passenger through Saint Louis, his own private company would receive in the neighborhood of 40%. Every passenger, every ticket. How is a company going to survive that?

Interestingly, that didn't last long - when American bought the assets of TWA, the contract was voided. Icahn tried to say that since American bought TWA, they're libel to fulfill that contract, but a judge sayed no. At least nobody profited on THAT bankruptcy.

I cannot remember the CEO's name, but America West Airlines barely squeaked through an encounter with him. Kind of like a brush with malaria.

His business plan was to overextend the airline, knowing that it would eventually break. Warnings of doom? Brushed off with the "we're a low fare airline". Stranded passengers? They should have read the fine print. But much like Continental, one good move by the board to replace a raving incompetent with a man (or woman - I'd love to see that happen!) of vision has brought this airline back from the brink.

Let's hope those are the only big three in the pantheon of cartoon-level evil airline CEO's.



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User currently offlineMoolies From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7737 times:

Don't even let me get started on Coleman Andrews, the idiot. He was at SAA.

User currently offlineWGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 7670 times:

Lorenzo was certainly not the worst airline CEO, just the most-despised. Lorenzo had an intimate understanding of the workings of the airline industry, was a pioneer in introducing lower fares, and did a reasonably good job managing the airlines under his control. His assistant Phil Bakes successfully turned Continental around in bankruptcy, turning it into a healthy and profitable airline (unfortunately this was then comprimised when the "Big Bang" that merged People Express, Frontier and New York Air into CO undermined the airline's ability to operate efficiently). Lorenzo's fare slashing was hugely popular with the consumer at the time, and I'm sure many people flew for the first time thanks to the lower fares he offered on his airlines. His problem however was he had no sense of how to manage human relationships. He tended to treat all of his employees (including management) like dirt at least part of the time, and infuriated the unions to the point where massive anti-Lorenzo campaigns were conducted. This ultimately wrecked his planned revitalization of Eastern.

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Probably the worst airline CEO was Carl Icahn, who made a killing of and off of TWA.

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Some other CEOs who made huge mistakes or were hugely unethical and are also contenders for the dubious honor of Worst Airline CEO:

*Ed Acker - Though he and Lawrence led Braniff to spectacular success, his Air Florida operation was a joke in terms of safety and pilot competence and he just about wrecked Pan Am with fare war after ridiculous fare war at a a time that Pan Am needed more intensive reforms in other areas.

*Jimmy Goodwin - Briefly the head of United, his mismanagement was in all probability a contributing factor to that company's bankruptcy. He had no idea how to run an airline.

* Howard Putnam - As much responsible for the failure of Braniff as Harding Lawrence. His "cost cutting" and "reforms" caused unit revenue to drop 23% (unit costs dropped by only 9%). It proved that turning an airline into Southwest is never a good way to try and save it.

* Philippe Bruggisser - orchestrator of the flawed "Qualiflyer Group" expansion strategy (buy a controlling interest in several airlines and restructure them along Swissair's proven business model) which was directly responsible for the demise of Swissair and a contributing factor to the collapse of Sabena and AOM.

There are many other bad CEOs but those are some of the worst, in my opinion.

-WGW2707


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8468 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7644 times:
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Moolies I have friends who would use a stronger word than "idiot" for Coleman Andrews, not to mention the twat who appointed him!


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineSpoon04 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 7586 times:

Let us not forget the ultimate carpetbagger, Steven Wolf - the only CEO who could single-handedly cause the collapse of any airline he touched. And not only did Wolf leave a track record of destruction where ever he went, he made sure that he conveniently bailed before those companies morphed into mushroom clouds. And when he DID bail, Wolf made sure he was "compensated" most generously with millions of dollars from the coffers of those collapsed carriers. Yeah, a real genuine guy......

User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 7486 times:
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Any votes for Alfred Chechi's sucking power when it comes to draining a bank account. Say Northwest for instance.


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User currently offlineSchweizair From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

I think any CEO who commits a blunder that drives the airline into the ground is bad enough for everyone! I do admit Bruggisser might be the all-time worst. My dad still personally blames him for the death of Swissair.

User currently offlineRamerinianair From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1486 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 7266 times:

"Probably the worst airline CEO was Carl Icahn, who made a killing of and off of TWA."
Hands down the worst CEO and a terrible man. He made that Karabu agreement that crippled TWA and even with a competant CEO - Compton and a good cost structure towards the late 90's, they couldn't make money. He lead to the demise of TWA and the loss of many people's jobs.

-S.R.




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User currently offlineEAL757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7127 times:

Lorenzo...hands down. he stole from Eastern to build up Continental! Anybody remember Eastern's electronic ticketing system? What happened to it? Stolen--don't think for a second these guys like Jet Blue are pioneering ticketing systems (with their emphasis on the internet etc.) ...Eastern got the ball rolling and Lorenzo stole.

-Jeff


User currently offlinePlane holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 7105 times:

Leo van Wijk..

need I say more...

rgds, Plane Holland

(yes, I think I do need to say more...  Smile

...for selling the World's first airline to another airline.. which is typically Dutch at the moment. We've had a history with building our nation and now sell them because WE HAVE SUCH GREAT MANAGERS !!!!!!
And bring in those bonusses for the management at the top for selling the airline.. And fire some more staff and no payrise for the FA's and all those hard working people)


User currently offlineNWAFA From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1893 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7030 times:

Lorenzo is and was the worst!

Checchi and Wilson at NWA are close.

Dasburg-former NWA is a close 3rd

Anderson- number 4

Wolf- number 5

Colleen from WN is getting up there.



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User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6972 times:

I can't agree on Lorenzo..heres why. He ran Texas Air, a holding company that owned EA and CO. He put lots of money in Texas Air coffers at EA and CO expense. He did his job. He was a villain, a dishonest John, a snake, a J. R. Ewing but he did his job and did it well..... at everyone elses expense. He left Texas Air as a very weathy man. He succeeded. EA Didn't and that made him rich.
Difficult as it is to understand, that's what happened.

The worst Airline C E O was the guy that ran Amercia West and just HAD TO HAVE those 747's. That was perhaps the biggest airline blunder of the 80's and 90's.

Howard Putnam joined a sinking ship and he admitted it. There was a TV film about Putnam a few years back and if you saw it you would see the "Titanic had already hit the iceberg". The company was only to hold up for 10 to 12 months when he hired on from SW but it lasted about 18, so he did a fine job keeping the ship afloat as long as he did.

Dasberg didn't know much of anything about the airline biz and it showed.
Checci is one smart dude, if you like finance. Notice I didn't say the Airline business.
safe



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User currently offlineAguilo From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 6937 times:

Lorenzo and whoever is running USAir have got to be my votes for the two worst CEOs of ANY Fortune 500 company, with UAL's former boss not far behind.

User currently offlineCkfred From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 5310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6785 times:

As much as people despise Frank Lorenzo, and rightfully so, he did understand the airline business. He just wanted an empire, rather than running a small airline, and he didn't mind angering every last employee.

Carl Icahn is the worst. His career was built on trying to take over companies, and then getting paid off by a white knight. That's how Marshall Field's wound up become part of British-American Tobacco.

At TWA, no one was willing to become a white knight. So Icahn wound up owning an airline, and he had no clue how to run it. I read years ago that VPs kept trying to get him to order new airplanes. He could not understand how spending billions on new airplanes would save money in the long run (no F/Es, less maintenance, better fuel consumption), so he kept flying the old L-1011s, 747s, 727s, and DC-9s.

I would also put Steve Wolf in the catagory. His whole career was spent trying to show Robert Crandall that he could rise to something better than VP of American's western division, but he ruined a lot of airlines by trying.

Finally, Jim Goodwin has to go on the list. First, he was installed by the unions. I don't mean to disparage unions, but letting employees pick their boss is a bad idea. Back in the late 80s, I saw a list of coaches that NFL players would least like to play for: Don Shula, Tom Landry, and Mike Ditka. And how many division, conference, and Super Bowl titles did they win collectively?

Second, I think Goodwin was over his head. I don't think he had been groomed enough for the job.

Third, because he was picked by the unions, he didn't play hardball with the pilots in 2000. Instead of trying to get a court order to end the overtime refusal, he gave the pilots a contract that the industry bemoaned. DL is still suffering, because it topped UA's contract by 1%.

Last, rather than trying to fix UA's operations and image problems, Goodwin tries to buy US.


User currently offlineM404 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 2230 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6687 times:
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NWAFA

Sounds like everyone you've worked for fares poorly in your eyes. I definitely agree on the two grafters at Wings Inc,. They never even said they could run an airline. Why state the obvious? I wonder however what you see as so bad about Anderson and Dasberg. Remember they had the task of trying to pull back together the pile that those others left behind.

I must say that any reasons you have to dislike Anderson could very well pale before this concession round is done. CEOs have to be hardnosed and with todays financial climate it's going to get rough.




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User currently offlineAerohottie From Australia, joined Mar 2004, 802 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6634 times:

Sir Selwyn Cushing.... Ansett Australia and almost Air New Zealand.


What?
User currently offlineElkGrove From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 46 posts, RR: 3
Reply 18, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6621 times:

CkFred-

I have to add my comment about Jim Goodwin, in response to your statements made in Reply 15. I am by no means saying that Jim Goodwin was a great or even mediocre CEO, though I would hardly say that he should be on the same list as such characters as Frank Lorenzo, Carl Icahn or even Steve Wolf.

While he was promoted to CEO with the graces of our unions, trying to install any company leader without the approval of 55% of the shareholders is near impossible. At the time his appointment, he was seen as a step forward in company-labor relations after several straining years. Jim Goodwin was a compromise, as he was well regarded by shareholders, management and the employee-owners.

I will admit though that he was the perfect example of the Peter Principle at work. He was an excellent senior manager though he did not have the skills to develop a strong core strategy in changing times, a skill required by CEO’s. The US Airways merger and Avolar are perfect examples of this failed strategy. I had the misfortune of being assigned to the Avolar unit for several months until I moved to a higher position back at United. Part of the problem was the he let himself be misled by some rather horrible advisors. I feel that an equal amount of blame for operational problems be put on the person responsible for such matters, our former President, Rono Dutta.

"Third, because he was picked by the unions, he didn't play hardball with the pilots in 2000."

This statement could not be more inaccurate. The summer of 2000 was precisely the result of his playing hardball with the pilots union. After months of cancelled flights and thousands of angry customers it was decided that the impact of a significant pay increase could be no worse than the present situation. The ironic part is that when management finally became willing to negotiate in the range that the pilots were asking, the negotiators for the unions thought that it was just another series of false promises from the company team and refused to listen to us. This forced management to agree to an almost verbatim contract to what the pilots proposed; the union was in disbelief. The fact that we would agree to such terms, which even the union later admitted were far loftier than their goal, was quite shocking after our initial unwillingness to discuss even close to what they wanted. We played hardball and blinked.

Jim Goodwin was by no means a good CEO, but at the same time I have trouble with his being on the worst list. Jim is a truly compassionate individual and he cared immensely about his company and its employees. I am sure that if you were to speak with him now he would express regrets for any detrimental decisions that he made. Try saying the same thing for Carl, Frank or Steve.

-ElkGrove


User currently offlineElwood64151 From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2477 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6553 times:

* Howard Putnam - As much responsible for the failure of Braniff as Harding Lawrence. His "cost cutting" and "reforms" caused unit revenue to drop 23% (unit costs dropped by only 9%). It proved that turning an airline into Southwest is never a good way to try and save it.

Putnam also made a lot of mistakes inasmuch as he didn't understand what the real money-making part of his operation was: DFW. It was basically the "naturally grown" DFW hub that kept Braniff in business prior to deregulation, much like Delta's naturally existing ATL hub. The difference was DL realized it. Let's face it: All the multi-colored fleets in the world won't make money if the routes don't make money. Putnam didn't see it.

Plane holland:

It's not just the Dutch. We see plenty of that here in the States. One might argue we invented it back in the '70s.

While I realize most of you aren't aware of him, Robert J. "Rocky" Spane had to be the worst airline CEO in history. While he managed to keep finding money to keep NJ operating, he managed to lose over $100M in four years as President & CEO, one of thos years nearly breaking even. Spane managed a crew that picked cities based on little more than feeling, then dropped those cities when they didn't work out. Frequently, they'd try two or three times to make service to that city work. Additionally, he tried to set up a hub at MDW using one full-time gate and one borrowed from WN. I've heard from many people who worked at Corporate that he was frequently so inebriated as to be incoherent.

Without the reforms set up by Jeff Potter and later Scott Dickson, NJ would have collapsed months after his departure, rather than two years later.

Regards,



Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it in summer school.
User currently offlineFRA2DTW From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

If you just want to consider sheer incompetence, T. Coleman Andrew is right up there. Before the disaster at SAA, he almost drove World Airways into the history books. Yet somehow he managed to walk away from both shipwrecks much enriched, unfortunately.

User currently offlineRootsgirl From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 530 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Robert Milton - Air Canada...too long to list what he has done and is still doing! Fire his ass now!

User currently offlineB757capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 1421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Surprised I haven't see Richard (Dick) Anderson from NWA up here yet.


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User currently offlineSccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5617 posts, RR: 28
Reply 23, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6310 times:

WGW2707 has some of the best historical observations about Francisco Lorenzo I have read in a long time. Say what you will, he saved two airlines (Texas International and Continental), and the jobs of those at two others (Frontier and PeoplExpress).

EAL was worm food before Texas Air touched it (the IAM made certain of that), and if assets were bought by Texas Air for bargain prices, well, it did not affect Eastern's survival, only the amount for distribution to creditors in the liquidation.

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As for the original question, I vote for Harding Lawrence.

Good night.



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User currently offlineNwcoflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 693 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (10 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6287 times:

B757capt,

Please state why you think Anderson isn't on here yet. He surley is the better of the last 4 or 5 CEOs at NW, and overall, he definatley is one of the best at the majors right now.



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25 StevenUhl777 : Well, Frank Lorenzo is in a class by himself. It will always be that way. ElkGrove: Thanks for the insight on Jim Goodwin...at least he felt bad for h
26 Yyz717 : Robert Milton, AC. He took an airline with an 85% domestic market share and 100% of intl Canadian route authority from profit to bankruptcy in less th
27 USAIRWAYS321 : It's Stephen Wolf hands down, the man who's been with all of the following airlines during, or just before their Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or sellout: Pa
28 M404 : B757capt Mr Andersen's name has been forwarded I think in posting number 12 but when I also asked why in post 16 like you did, it has gone unanswered.
29 Russophile : Just wondering why no-one has mentioned Morris Nachtomi. He is the poster child of jokes to do with Jewish fiscal 'tightness'. CEO's such as Lorenzo a
30 Isitsafenow : I don't understand why NW's Anderson would be on a "bad CEO" list. NW is weathering this storm better then the rest of the big six. CO isn't doing too
31 WGW2707 : It's Stephen Wolf hands down, the man who's been with all of the following airlines during, or just before their Chapter 7, Chapter 11, or sellout: Pa
32 Thrust : Carl Icahn and Frank Lorenzo get the top two votes for me.
33 Qb001 : I guess, for most people, this is a thread to express a personal rant. You know, if you're a kid from, say, MSP and you happen to love NW and you don'
34 Airman99o : Hey there, Would have to say that Robert Milton is pretty close to Ichan and lorenzo. He has taken Air Canada and put her in a downward spiral. Starti
35 M404 : Wow, that last post got me wondering if maybe Milton has a plan after all. If the two startups are running the same routes as AC and cause the bankrup
36 727200er : Just another vote for Milton here. M404; Yes this could happen in a way. When AC liquidates Jazz and Zip can be sold as whole units.
37 Speedbudgie : I was never a great fan of Bob Ayling (British Airways). While I absolutely loved the world tails that came to fruition under his leadership, the fact
38 Ejazz : I never worked for Icahn or Lorenzo so am unable to fairly comment. Based on actual experience it would have to be the balding idiot known as Dr Cheon
39 WGW2707 : Of course Ejazz Singapore Airlines is one of the most successful airlines in history so from that standpoint alone Dr. Cheong was not a failure...howe
40 Post contains images Slider : Carl Icahn. There really is no one else in his class. Everyone else holds his jock. Since this is a family show, I'll end this post now before I go of
41 NWA Man : Richard Anderson shouldn't be near this list. Period. His handling of the 9/11 situation in regards to his airline was impeccable, he is returning the
42 GVROYphx : Jonathan Orstein...he should be at the top. Why? Horrible airline/Horrible service aspect/Horrible operation...and equally Horrible person.
43 WGW2707 : Of course GVROYphx you can't deny that Mesa is also the most successful contract-operator of regional service in the country. Mesa has saved the major
44 Planespotting : Basically the bad CEO's are in it for the shareholders, and the good CEO's are in it for the airline. Stephen Wolf was a shareholders CEO. He would co
45 WGW2707 : Basically the bad CEO's are in it for the shareholders, and the good CEO's are in it for the airline. Stephen Wolf was a shareholders CEO. He would c
46 Bobnwa : Just to set the record straight, neither Checchi or Wilson were ever CEO or President of Northwest. Both of them were Chairman of the Board at various
47 Post contains links Andz : More about Coleman Andrews NEW YORK – So (South African) Public Enterprises Minister Jeff Radebe tells us that the SAA board was utterly impotent an
48 L-188 : Want to add two more names into this list. James Flood and Neil Berght, neither of them are probably that well known outside Alaska Flood killed Wien
49 Elwood64151 : Stephen Wolf was a shareholders CEO. He would come into whatever airline offered him the title, sell off unprofitable routes, get rid of airplanes, la
50 Airways6max : Frank Lorenzo. He totally destroyed Eastern Airlines and almost destroyed Continental.
51 CalPilot17 : Frank Lorenzo Two reason 1:Eastern 2:Continental succes during the 80's He definetly knew the airline biz but he treated the employes like Sh!t and ev
52 Aeroman62 : This goes a ways back, but Rickenbacker at Eastern more or less set them up for a gradual, multi decade spiral into oblivion. Lorenzo helped seal that
53 SR 103 : NWAFA, Why do you have such distaste for your airlines CEO? Most of the employees I talk to at NWA think Anderson is a decent if not a good CEO. Why d
54 WGW2707 : Frank Lorenzo Two reason 1:Eastern 2:Continental succes during the 80's He definetly knew the airline biz but he treated the employes like Sh!t and e
55 B727-200 : The worst that I have experienced would be Gary Twomey, who in just 12 months contributed greatly to the downfall of Ansett Australia. This man was o
56 Caymanair : Milton most definatley. which utter idiot could turn the highly successful AC into the disaster it is now? They'd spend less money and increase profit
57 CAL : Frank Lorenzo, nothing more to say.
58 Yhz78 : Hey rootsgirl, the biggest problem with Air Canada hasn't been Milton. It's the dumbass, stoneage unions that are dragging that airline into the groun
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