IFlyATA From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 238 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 7 months 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2510 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.
Hazmat From United States of America, joined May 2007, 8 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (5 years 7 months 19 hours ago) and read 2015 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.