Looks like Carty managed to get one of his former lieutenants.
Virgin America Appoints C. David Cush as Chief Executive Officer
SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America today announced that C. David Cush will become Chief Executive Officer of America's newest airline, effective Dec. 10, 2007. The former Senior Vice President of Global Sales at American Airlines, Cush will replace outgoing Chief Executive Officer Fred Reid, who was required to leave the company under the terms of the airline's certification by the Department of Transportation.
"We are pleased to announce David as Virgin America's new CEO," said Donald J. Carty Chairman of Virgin America's Board of Directors. "David's extensive industry experience, business acumen and creativity are the perfect attributes for leading the company as it continues to grow from a promising start-up to a major carrier.
In his role as Senior Vice President of Global Sales at American, Cush was responsible for all sales and distribution activities worldwide. Cush also has significant operating experience, having held the position as Vice President of American's St. Louis hub, where he was responsible for airport operations for more than 200 daily departures and over 7,000 employees. Prior to that, he was Vice President of International Planning and Global Alliances at American.
Over the course of his career, Cush has held key leadership roles overseeing all aspects of the airline business including finance, sales and marketing, customer service and operations. In addition to 20 years with American, Cush served as Chief Operating Officer of Aerolineas Argentinas, the national carrier of Argentina.