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John Tague - UAL's New COO  
User currently offlineIFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

Last Thursday UAL announced John Tague would be replacing Pete McDonald as Chief Operating Officer. Tague's career in airline management includes Air South and ATA (both now defunct), and several positions recently at UAL. I actually discovered this in the WSJ yesterday, Susan Carey had an article about UAL getting a debt waiver and mentoined it:

Quote:
UAL Thursday said it revamped its top management by combining operations with sales and revenue functions under John Tague, the new chief operating officer. Mr. Tague, 45 years old, had been chief revenue officer. He joined the company in 2003 and previously was chief executive officer of ATA Airlines Inc., which recently went out of business. Pete McDonald, 56, will give up his chief operating officer title to become chief administrative officer responsible for human resources, labor relations, customer and employee experience, government affairs and information systems.

The realignment means Glenn Tilton, chairman and chief executive officer, will have just four executives reporting directly to him, instead of seven. They are Messrs. McDonald and Tague, Jake Brace, the chief financial officer, and Paul Lovejoy, general counsel. The other three now will report to Mr. McDonald, a 39-year veteran of the company who is popular with many employees. Mr. Tague also will assume more responsibility by adding operations executives to his current stable of sales, revenue and planning executives.

Source: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121027463652478171.html?mod=DAI (requires subscription)

Interesting to say the least, I hope they have more luck with him at UAL than the other airlines he helped drive into the ground.


ATA - an honestly different airline.
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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 25196 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2757 times:

Covered in two other current threads;
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/3975015/
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/3963257/



From the desert to the sea, to all of Southern California
User currently offlineIFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 242 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2708 times:



Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
Covered in two other current threads;
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/3975015/
http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...3257/

This was focusing more on Tague than the credit waiver.



ATA - an honestly different airline.
User currently offlineCaptSeth From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2585 times:

Tague's track record:

Midway 1 - We all know about that
ATA (Canned first time around)
Air South - Liquidated
Vanguard - Ditto
ATA - Back to finish it off, drove it into CH. 11, got canned again.

UAL - Best of luck with him, but....


User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 970 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2428 times:



Quoting CaptSeth (Reply 3):
Tague's track record:

Midway 1 - We all know about that
ATA (Canned first time around)
Air South - Liquidated
Vanguard - Ditto
ATA - Back to finish it off, drove it into CH. 11, got canned again.

UAL - Best of luck with him, but....

 laughing  Geez...give the guy a bonus while you're at it! In fact, if I recall, wasn't he CEO of both Air South and Vanguard at the same time...killed two birds with one stone - now that's talent!


User currently offlineHazmat From United States of America, joined May 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2278 times:



Quoting IFlyATA (Thread starter):
The other three now will report to Mr. McDonald, a 39-year veteran of the company who is popular with many employees.

ummmm.... who wrote this piece of trash, United's PR department?
I cannot name nor have I ever met an United employee who likes Pete McDonald. Second only to Glenn Tilton, McDonald is the MOST REVILED person on the property. And he's "giving up" his COO position because he FAILED and is being demoted gently so he can hang on until a merger allows him to exercise his stock options and jump out of the plane with a fat golden parachute.

As for John Tague, he's a likable enough guy but also a complete failure in the airline biz as referenced in the above posts. Back in 2003 when he was hired, I thought "oh hell, we're hiring airline management failures ala Eastern and PanAm in their latter years. It can't be long before we follow them into history. Seems I may have been right because all the above press release does is announce the shuffling of the deck chairs on the Titanic.


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