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Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:11 am

Reuters
Virgin set to grab Virgin USA CEO from US airline
Thursday February 12, 11:49 am ET


LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Richard Branson's Virgin Group is set to chose a chief executive for its planned U.S. low-fares unit from a shortlist of three U.S. airline executives, the company said on Thursday.
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The announcement is imminent as the group's board agreed in principle at a meeting in London on Wednesday to go ahead with the airline, a spokesman said.

"We reckon that the chief executive announcement will be about the 23rd of February when an individual is prepared to let his name go into the frame," he said, adding three candidates from U.S. airlines had been considered.

The spokesman said Virgin was speaking to three plane manufacturers about planes for the new carrier.

Its low-fare carriers Virgin Express (Brussels:VIRG.BR - News) in Belgium and Virgin Blue (Australia:VBA.AX - News) in Australia fly Boeing Co (NYSE:BA - News) fleets, though flagship long-haul airline Virgin Atlantic has Boeing and Airbus (Paris:EAD.PA - News; XETRA:EAD.DE - News) planes.

Interesting--anybody come to mind?

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:12 am

I SINCERELY doubt that he'd go for it, but Gordon Bethune is going to be leaving CO soon. So I suppose it's possible; but for some reason, I really doubt that he'd go the way of VS.
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:14 am


Don Carty? Bob Crandall? Uncle Leo?
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:48 am

well the only thing with bethune is he already has a good relationship with branson through their alignment.

so while possible, still improbable as mentioned. though this start-up will need someone very experienced to make it succeed.

how about tilton? HA, i'm only kidding.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:43 am

Although it may shock some of you to hear me say it. I expect that it will be Gordon also.

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:44 am

You can't really get someone better than Gordon.

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:57 am

I agree that Gordon Bethune would be excellent for the job - BUT:

I would guess Continental has a clause in his contract that doesn't allow him to work for a competitor for a specified period of time.

If they don't have such a clause, silly them.

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:12 am

Continental also have a code-share with VS, so he would know/worked with Richard Branson before
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:14 am

Why not Frankie?
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:18 am

I thought Gordon was going to retire. He's going to be 65 and he's got enough money to spend the rest of his life flying around in a GV between multiple mansions on luxury islands. If I were him, I'd be reluctant to accept another executive position. I guess time will tell.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 5:39 am

Also remember Gordon will still be on the board of directors for CO.
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 6:56 am

"I SINCERELY doubt that he'd go for it, but Gordon Bethune is going to be leaving CO soon"

Gordon does not leave CO's CEO position untill January '05, and even after that he will be on CO's Board of Directors.

I think it might be someone younger, someone (believe it or not) like David Siegal.

Another possibility is Gordon's former right hand man Greg Brenneman, I would put Greg and David ahead of Gordon. Branson would love to have Gordon, but Gordon is in his 60s now and is loaded. He doesn't need the work load that would come with a start-up airline, he's going to San Diego to retire.

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 7:29 am

I heard it's Carl Icahn!


ok ok... just kidding. I am sure no airline would allow him to get near their business..
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:31 am

Don Carty is available. He could find new and inventive ways to waste another airlines money.
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:37 am

Steve Wolf. Or maybe it's all a red herring, and it'll be our very own Rod.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 8:38 am

I think it might be someone younger, someone (believe it or not) like David Siegal.

Oh God, please, take him!  Laugh out loud
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:10 am

What about Joe Leonard, AirTran's CEO? Here is a guy that took an airline that was on the verge of going under and has made them one of the handful of profitable airlines in the US. It really is only a matter of time before someone tries to poach him from AirTran.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:07 am

BAckfire

ITS NOT YOUR ROD>>>>> he's property of the Commonwealth of Australia!
and yes, he would make an excellent choice.

Consider the resume.
cathay (built it into the modern thing it is)
ansett (made is profitable briefly and before the AirNZ situation took over)
BA( back in mega profits again!)

oxford scholar, and also a rebal. Real Australian style that somewhat is apparent in branson himself too! Plus Australians go down better in America than britons, so, I can see him as a very good choice.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:08 am

actually I take that back

Its going to be

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:10 am

Definetely not Joe Leonard, I think he is happy at FL.
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"Virgin's New CEO

Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:14 am

What about our friend Frank Lorenzo!!!!! Hahahaha. A chance in hell probably!!!!

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 11:25 am

What about Carl Ichan?
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:25 pm

The press release doesn't say that it is a current CEO......it could be a current EVP, VP, or ramp agent for that matter.

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 2:34 pm

I think it's going to be Steven Wolfe and Rakeash Ganghwal that are gonna run the show.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:35 pm

"What about Joe Leonard, AirTran's CEO? Here is a guy that took an airline that was on the verge of going under and has made them one of the handful of profitable airlines in the US.”

You wouldn’t be talking about “Fork-Lift” Joe now would you? You know the brilliant guy that came up with the beautiful procedure of putting engines on American Airline’s DC-10s. Like the one he put on in ORD that happened to come off and kill nearly 200 people. That guy?

Or was it the brilliant Joe that decided to put O2 containers on DC-9s in MIA? You know stack them along with some tires so they can roll back and start a fire and kill a 100 folks in the Everglades. That guy?

Yeah the guy that caused the whole industry to spend billions simply because he wanted to make a quick buck, ignored rules and cut corners. You know the guy that won’t watch where he is going so the whole country must follow some law made to protect idiots, charlatans and crooks.

Yeah I know the guy!
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 9:41 pm

“I think it's going to be Steven Wolfe and Rakeash Ganghwal that are gonna run the show. “

You are not talking about the “Rocky and Bullwinkle” show are you?
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:08 pm

I guess it won't be Mesa's CEO Ornstein who, I believe, set up Virgin Express in Belgium for Branson before..........?

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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Fri Feb 13, 2004 10:28 pm

It won't be Gordon, good of a choice as that would be. He is 65, and is retiring, from all accounts. He will be on the CO Board, and, as mentioned, there is probably a clause in his contract that says he can't compete against CO for a certain amount of time.

I'd be willing to bet it's going to be Leo Mullen.
 
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RE: Virgin To Grab CEO From A US Airline

Sat Feb 14, 2004 6:56 am

Or was it the brilliant Joe that decided to put O2 containers on DC-9s in MIA? You know stack them along with some tires so they can roll back and start a fire and kill a 100 folks in the Everglades. That guy?

Joe Leonard did not work for Valujet, he came onboard @ AirTran in early 1999, several years after the Valujet crash. The bigwigs @ Valujet were Robert Priddy and Lewis Jordan. Once again another ignorant post concerning VJ592.