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Continental #2 Retires Today

Wed Mar 19, 2003 8:55 am

Hi Folks,
Not that I am looking too much into this, you can't avoid being curious when the number 2 in command at CO retires out of the blue during crisis times for the airlines.

Continental Airlines Announces Retirement of C.D. McLean, Executive VP And Chief Operating Officer
Tuesday March 18, 5:10 pm ET

HOUSTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Continental Airlines (NYSE: CAL - News) today announced the retirement of C.D. McLean, executive VP and chief operating officer, effective March 25.

McLean, 61, joined the airline in April 1994 as senior vice president of operations and was promoted to executive vice president of operations in 1996. In May 2001, he was named chief operating officer.

Under McLean's leadership, Continental has become an airline industry leader in operational reliability and efficiency. In 2002, Continental finished first in on-time arrivals in five months, achieved a record on-time arrival rate for the full year, had the highest completion factor among its U.S. airline peers, and flew without a single flight cancellation on 103 days. Averaged for the last five years, Continental has the best completion factor and the best on-time performance among U.S. airline peers.

"In his more than 40 years in aviation and as a personal friend for more than 20 years, Mac has made immense contributions, and his focus on operational excellence has become part of our culture at Continental," said Continental Chairman and CEO Gordon Bethune. "We all wish him well as he enjoys a well-deserved retirement."

Continental President Larry Kellner will assume McLean's responsibilities.
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RE: Continental #2 Retires Today

Wed Mar 19, 2003 9:39 am

Actually he's the #3 man at CO, the Management at CO goes like this,

Gordon Bethune CEO
Larry Kellner President
CD McLean Vice President COO

When they say that Larry will take over CD's responsibilities that means they wont hire someone else to replace CD, Larry will just take on the extra role as President and Chief Operating Officer.

The timing is wierd but the guy is 61.

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RE: Continental #2 Retires Today

Wed Mar 19, 2003 9:45 am

It was a typo, you are absolutely correct.

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RE: Continental #2 Retires Today

Wed Mar 19, 2003 11:46 am

C.D.'s a very good guy, myself and a group of other CO pilots sat down for lunch with him in Houston just a few years ago to discuss some current issues and get to know him better. His leadership and knowledge of the industry was key in bringing our company back to success the first time around, and he will be missed.