SuseJ772 wrote:I almost certain Kirby left, and wasn’t fired or asked to leave. I remember because I couldn’t believe he didn’t have a non-compete and actually used the example in my own executive non-compete negotiation (albeit a different industry)
Afterwards there was talk that the board asked him to leave and there were speculation that it was in regards to maintaining long term leadership at the company. Kirby’s CEO ambitions have long been known, but he is similar age to Parker and was unlikely to become AA CEO barring Parker having some major health issue or scandal that also wouldn’t take out Kirby. Apparently there was fear by the AA board that the person under Kirby (who is AA President now, I can’t remember his name) would jump ship to another company and Kirby would also jump ship when a CEO opportunity arose leaving AA with just Parker and a rather fresh faced senior executive team without a ton of leadership experience. So Kirby was asked to leave (and went to UA for what everyone knows was prepping him to be their CEO) and person under Kirby was promoted to keep him happy and loyal to AA longer.
Again though, these is just speculation and some of it reeks of AA trying to save a little face after the fact.