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Who Is Your Favorite CEO  
User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

My Favorite CEO is none other than... ::Drumroll::

David Neeleman, Chief Executive Officer of jetBlue

Runner ups are:
1. Gordon Bethune
2. Richard Anderson
3. Leo Mullin
4. Don Carty
5. Joe Leonard
(You guys will make it to the winners circle one day, some have already been there.)

Losers are:
1. Rakesh Gangwal
2. Jim Goodwin
(You guys do not belong in the aviation industry. Buh-Bye)


31 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineCo/ba From United States of America, joined May 2001, 399 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1169 times:

Gordon Bethune #1!

User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Herb Kelleher used to be #1. But he stepped down and off of my list. But he is the #1 CEO in HISTORY.



User currently offlineDeltaOwnsAll From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1173 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

Definetely Neeleman. After that, Leo Mullin, who did a nice job changing the face of Delta, although I wish he would get it done faster  Big thumbs up
DeltaOwnsAll


User currently offlineNW-ELITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Richard Anderson

User currently offlineMcomess From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 66 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1148 times:

"Every other start-up wants to be another United or Delta or American.
We just want to get rich."

— Lawrence Priddy

(You should know who that is Critter592)

MC


User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

Lawrence Priddy as in Robert Priddy, Yep

User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3805 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Herb Kelleher was/is/always will be #1 with me! Mr. Kelleher has been the guiding force behind an airline success story that is in a class by itself. He has proven to be a man who has walked the walk of integrity, sound ethical principles, and caring about others more than himself throughout his association of 30+ years with Southwest. In fact, as I've studied and observed the workings of Mr. Kelleher and Southwest Airlines, I have coined a phrase to sum up what I've found: "Herb is right!" Or, when I see him doing one of his impersonations or involved in an arm-wrestling match to settle a legal dispute: "That crazy old Herb is right!"

From the regulated era, C.E. Woolman of Delta is my favorite, most respected CEO. Under his leadership, Delta grew from a regional airline serving the Southeastern U.S. to a major, transcontinental trunk carrier that became renowned for superior service on the ground and in the air while consistently earning profits. Not coincidentally, Delta was also regarded in Mr. Woolman's time and for years after his tenure as the best U.S. airline to work for.


User currently offlineCritter592 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

How long was Mr. Priddy the Chief EXECUTIVE officer of Valujet before Lewis Jordan took the CEO job?

User currently offline747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Herb Kelleher
Gordon Bethune
Bob Crandall

Loser:
Frank Lorenzo




At Eastern, we earn our wings every day!
User currently offlineRJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1944 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (13 years 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

My favorite CEO is:

Leo Mullin of Delta.

The second I think is :

Don Carty of American.

RJ_Delta.



User currently offlineTailwind From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1112 times:

Big looser Robert Milton AC CEO.





User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1106 times:

C.R. Smith & Robert Crandall - American
Howard Hughes - TWA
Samuel Addoms - Frontier

Dishonorable mention...Frankie Lorenzo.

Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineTxAgKuwait From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1803 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Yes, Kelleher certainly deserves an honorable mention for not changing anything when he inherited a successful carrier.

But I'd go back a little further and say the all time greatest was M. Lamar Muse.

Other greats would have to include Bob Six, C.R. Smith, and Don Nyrop.



User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (13 years 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

He alone established the airline industry in the beginning. Trippe gets a "two thumbs up" from me.  Wink/being sarcastic
Regards.



"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." --Ben Franklin
User currently offlineAmericanF100 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (13 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1091 times:

Hi,

Even though American is my fav airline,
I liked Leo F. Mullin of Delta. I think he seems to have good business sense.

Second, I think, is Don Carty of American.

Matt~


User currently offlineTonyBurr From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1030 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1084 times:

Interesting for all the defenders of UA that Goodwin was not mentioned.

Question: What do Goodwin of UA and Bethune of CO have in common? They both turned an airline around.

Told to me by a UA FA. They really love their management!


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (13 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1086 times:

Yeah but Goodwin doesn't pick up his new rides at the factory and fly 'em home  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

User currently offlineElal106 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 975 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (13 years 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1081 times:

Alan Mulally!!!!!

User currently offlineUALfa@jfk From United States of America, joined May 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (13 years 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1079 times:

My favorite airline CEO is anyone who is currently preparing/wishing/aspiring/hoping/strategizing to replace Jim Goodwin. He's GOTTA be out there. SOMEWHERE. Whoever you are, do it FAST!!!!


http://www.goodwinmustgo.com





User currently offlineCo LITE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 2 days ago) and read 1063 times:

I like Richard Anderson, Gordon Bethune, Leo F. Mullin, David Neeleman. My favorite CEO from the past are John Dasburg, Herb Kelleher, and Rocky Spane.


User currently offlineNwa747-400 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1337 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (13 years 2 days ago) and read 1058 times:

Richard Anderson b/c he is really taking NW somewhere!

Gordon Berthune gets an honorable mention.


User currently offlineBobnwa From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 6464 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (13 years 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1051 times:

Best all time- Donald Nyrop

User currently offlineDeltaSFO From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2488 posts, RR: 22
Reply 23, posted (13 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1054 times:

My all time favorite CEO is Mr. C.E. Woolman, co-founder of Huff-Daland Dusters, and the visionary leader behind the metamorphosis from Huff-Daland to Delta Air Servce. It's amazing, when you really think about it, that 74 years later, Delta Air Lines is one of the world's largest airlines, and the leading US carrier (#2 overall I believe) in the huge transatlantic market, as well as a strong player in several other international markets.

From crop dusters to Cairo nonstops.... Never fails to amaze me.



It's a new day. Every moment matters. Now, more than ever.
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2752 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (13 years 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1040 times:

I don't want to offend anyone here but do only airlines based in the US have CEO's? Well my list would start here in Germany then go to Singapore across the Pacific and also to the US then...

25 Post contains images Olympic : Juergen Weber
26 D L X : Personally, I would like to know what criteria people have used to determine a "good" CEO. Have any of you been a CEO, or executive of any sort? I see
27 AIRNZ_747-800 : My favorite CEO is Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic. I love what he has done with Virgin ever since they started back in the year I was born, 1984.
28 SESGDL : Leo!!!!!!
29 Traytable : Branson of Virgin
30 Chrisclohessy : Richard Branson Tops my list!
31 Defunctairline : Morris Nachtomi , Carl Icahn
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