Pity the poor cabin crew on a flight with gordon bethune the boss of continental airlines finds it a struggle to behave himself as a passenger a qualified pilot, he has just stepped off a flight from cleveland, ohio he had to fight the urge to ask for a turn in command: every pilot thinks they're the best pilot in. Jeff smisek was a partner at a law firm in houston in the mid-1990s when, during a business lunch, he was offered the opportunity to meet with gordon bethune, ceo of continental airlines he didn't know bethune, but his sales instincts kicked in he figured that a struggling company like continental, with. Gordon bethune isn't backing down which shouldn't surprise anyone in a recent interview at the asian cultural center in new york, i asked the outspoken, iconoclastic former ceo of continental airlines to clarify a remark he made about dr david dao, the passenger who was dragged off a united flight. Of continental's remarkable comeback [gordon bethune] on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers the numerous anecdotes alone are worth the price of the book most readers will find themselves asking why everyone doesn't run a business as preached by the chief executive of continental airlines. It is a fascinating story about continental airlines written by the ceo gordon bethune himself continental airlines filed for bankruptcy twice (1980_s and in 1993) and was on the verge of once again to file for bankruptcy in late 1994 when gordon bethune took over the story is about how bethune revolutionized the. 13, no 3 continental airlines' ceo gordon bethune on teams and new product development interview by sheila m puffer executive overview continental airlines is the fifth largest airline in the us, operating more than 2,200 flights daily to over 200 destinations worldwide the company began in texas in 1934 as. Former ceo of continental airlines explains the effect system wide failures can have on airlines and the process to recover from themdal.
Gordon bethune on the c-span networks: gordon bethune is a chairman and ceo for the continental airlines with four videos in the c-span video library the first appearance was a 1997 forum the year with the highest average number of views per program was 2001 with an average of 156 views per program. In more than a decade as the chairman of continental airlines, gordon m bethune piloted the company from the brink of a third bankruptcy into the ranks of america's best airlines he also managed to steer the carrier through the disastrous aviation industry slump that followed the terrorist attacks of september 11, 2001. A $385 million loss for the final months of fiscal year 1994 signaled continental might go bankrupt could new ceo gordon bethune turn continental around continental was in dire straits because the deregulation of the commercial airline industry in 1978 ushered in a new era focused on mergers and acquisitions and.
Gordon bethune, the former chairman and chief executive officer of continental airlines (continental) from 1994-2004 is presented as an example a brief history of continental is provided for background purposes an exploration of how bethune inspired employees is presented with specific focus on how. Gordon m bethune ceo of continental airlines from worst to first – the rebirth of continental gordon bethune's interest in and knowledge of aviation began at the age of 15 when he helped his father with his crop dusting operation later, while serving in the navy, he worked in avionics and aircraft maintenance. Gordon bethune is the former chairman of continental airlines and a keynote speaker to check availability call 1-800-speaker.
When bethune took over in 1994 as coo and president of continental airlines the troubled airline had twice faced bankruptcy and was again headed that direction a search firm hired by continental's board of directors suggested bethune, who had recently completed an advanced. Gordon bethune, the legendary ceo that turned continental airlines around when it was teetering on the brink of collapse, is one of the most acclaimed and colorful airline executives in us history bethune left his operations executive position at boeing in february 1994 and joined the troubled airline as. If you get focused on costs, you get into the whole spiral that continental did before we had the cheapest airline after frank [lorenzo] bankrupted the place and we tore up our labor contracts and repudiated our leases and debt obligations, and then we almost went broke again in '94 it isn't about cheap you can make a.
Gordon bethune, chairman and ceo of continental airlines, in the space of ten years transformed that company from laughingstock to industry standard-setter while delta and us airways are in death struggles with their pilots' union, bethune has forged a nonaggression pact with his so effective has. Gordon m bethune gordon bethune former chairman and ceo, continental airlines gordon bethune earned worldwide acclaim at continental airlines for spearheading one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in united states history when he joined the troubled carrier as president and chief operating officer.
Interview: gordon bethune on collecting watches including patek philippe, rolex and vacheron constantin. Eventbrite - asian cultural center and plc ltd inc presents a conversation with former ceo of continental airlines gordon bethune - wednesday, may 31, 2017 at 15 east 40th street, new york, ny find event and ticket information. Buy from worst to first: behind the scenes of continental's remarkable comeback new ed by gordon bethune (isbn: 9780471356523) from amazon's book store in his new book from worst to first, continental airlines ceo gordon bethune tells how he led continental′s transformation into an award–winning. A $385 million loss for the final months of fiscal year 1994 signaled continental might go bankrupt could new ceo gordon bethune turn continental around continental was in dire straits because the deregulation of the commercial airline industry in 1978 ushered in a new era focused on mergers and.