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Who Was The Most Successful CEO In The Industry

Wed Jan 27, 2010 8:55 am



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 37):
Pan Am seldom made an adequate return on investment during their entire history.

On that account which airline would be considered the most profitable historically? SQ perhaps? And what about the Europeans and North Americans?

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:02 am



Quoting Faro (Reply 50):
On that account which airline would be considered the most profitable historically? SQ perhaps? And what about the Europeans and North Americans?

I'd say SQ and then CX. Then the USA WN hands down, and in Europe I'd still say BA followed by LH, although its hard to imagine that in the past 2-3 years. QF is also somewhere in the top 5 historically.
 
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:59 am



Quoting Cpd (Reply 8):
Geoff Dixon of Qantas Group is probably one of them

WHAT?!?!  confused 


Dixon rode on all the work in progress created by James Strong. He made no real outstanding changes, high profits for QF were still coming from all the ideas implemented by Strong before he departed.

So i would throw James Strong into that list, he took QF from constant loss to great profit.
 
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:12 am

Not as prolific as the others mentioned on here, but my vote would have to go to Sir Freddie Laker. The way he pretty much single handedly created the low fairs airline, with Laker Airways and Skytrain, has had an immense impact on the aviation world. And it was Laker who pretty much brought about the concept of the BAC One-Eleven, when he approached Hunting Aircraft and said what he wanted in an aircraft. Hunting, which became part of BAC, designed an aircraft to meet the specifications Laker had given them. And so the One-Eleven was born.

So IMHO, the most successful CEO in the Industry would have to be Sir Freddie Laker.
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:54 am

As measured by lining his own pockets, Stephen Wolf. He made a substantial personal fortune in stock sales by....

Selling Flying Tigers to FedEx.

Selling Republic to Northwest.

Selling United to the employees.

Didn't quite do as well with US, but definately came out cash positive on the deal.

As an actual airline manager? D-
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:21 pm

Does Stelios, the EasyJet founder count?

If yes then:

1) Herb Kelleher
2) Stelios Haji Ioannou
3) Tim Clark
4) Michael O'Leary
5) Richard Branson
 
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:41 pm



Quoting Flydreamliner (Reply 44):
Someone might consider Fred Smith and FedEx, him, his Memphis-model, and FedEx have changed shipping freight a lot.

I dont want to take away from his accomplishments at all. But His decisions in the early going werent very responisble were they? If he hadn't been able to get his employee's to trust him and work without basically being paid, there would be no FedEx, right?
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:45 pm

Ed Acker... 'nuff said. (jk of course)
 
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:25 pm

HAHA! I can't believe I'm seeing this! The words "successful" and "airline" in the same sentence!!! Are y'all crazy?!?  Silly

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:38 pm

Bob Crandall and Fred Smith.  twocents 

Quoting SXDFC (Reply 9):

I would love to know the a-net opinion of Gerard Arpey, ceo of AA..

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Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:41 pm

Have to say Don Nyrop at NWA.

Also, NWADC10LUVER Please back up your statement of Anderson getting huge separatiion payment from NWA, bet you can't because it never happened.

[Edited 2010-01-27 05:46:35 by bobnwa]
 
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 1:41 pm

Steve Wolf. Employee bluster aside, he played a significant role in building United, US Airways, Northwest, and Air France into leading industry players post-deregulation.
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:53 pm



Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 20):
I nominate Sebastian Pinera of LAN. Look at how that airline has evolved in S. America.

And now, he's the new president of Chile.

Definitely Branson, Bethune and Crandall.
 
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RE: Who Was The Most Successful CEO In The Industr

Thu Jan 28, 2010 6:17 pm

As far as US-based carriers: Bob Crandall, Herb Kelleher, Fred Smith, Dick Ferris, Juan Trippe, Gary Adamson, Gerard Arpey, Gordon Bethune

Non-US based: Richard Branson, Niki Lauda, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Clive Beddoe

Top three overall: Crandall, Kelleher, Branson ( pure genius )

Quoting Apodino (Reply 43):
And I also wanted to list my CEO hall of shame and my reasons why

Great addition to the thread !

Please also add: Larry Risley, Carl Icahn, Martin Shugrue
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Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:45 am



Quoting JMackey (Reply 63):
As far as US-based carriers: Bob Crandall, Herb Kelleher, Fred Smith, Dick Ferris, Juan Trippe, Gary Adamson, Gerard Arpey, Gordon Bethune

I still say DL's C.E. Woolman should be on that list.

Quoting NWADC10LUVER (Reply 1):
My top five are as follows:
1. Sir Richard Branson-Virgin Group
2. Gordon Bethune-CO
3. John Dashburg-NWA
4 Leo Van Wyk-KLM
5. Leo Mullin-DL

BTW, Gerald Grinstein should certainly be on that list instead of Mullin........Mullin helped put DL into bankruptcy, Grinstein led them thru it and out of it. I can't imagine how you think that Mullin belongs in that exalted company.
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Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:01 pm

Quoting Mayor (Reply 64):
I still say DL's C.E. Woolman should be on that list

I absolutely agree, and I would add Dan Wolf of Cape Air.

[Edited 2010-01-29 09:01:51]
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RE: Who Was The Most Successful CEO In The Industr

Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:40 pm

Moderators........I think this thread is more appropriate to the civil aviation forum even though it is sort of a poll.
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RE: Who Was The Most Successful CEO In The Industr

Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:57 pm

Michael O'Leary, he's a great CEO.
 
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Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:56 pm

Janne Carlzon / SAS - for transforming an ailing airline into an innovative and hugely profitable entity
Wolfgang Mayrhuber / Lufthansa - for consistently delivering results most other airlines could only dream of
Fred Smith / FedEx - for creating the global next-day delivery service lots of industries are depending on
Chew Choon Seng / Singapore Airlines - for running an airline that has consistenly delivered what is probably the finest product available
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RE: Who Was The Most Successful CEO In The Industr

Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:38 am



Quoting B777LRF (Reply 68):
Janne Carlzon / SAS - for transforming an ailing airline into an innovative and hugely profitable entity

Agree. Surprised no one mentioned him earlier. wish he was around in SAS today...


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Carlzon

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