JetBlue CEO Barger to Retire
JetBlue Airways said that its CEO, Dave Barger, will retire in February and that Robin Hayes, the airline’s president, will succeed him.
Mr. Barger will continue on the company’s board of directors until February 2015 and Mr. Hayes will join the board at that time.
The incoming CEO is a former British Airways executive who became JetBlue’s president in 2013, with responsibility for the airline’s operations and commercial activities. He previously served as the airline’s executive vice president and chief commercial officer.
It is “a tremendous honor” to succeed Barger, Hayes said in a statement, promising to be “faithful steward of the culture that has made JetBlue so successful.”
JetBlue, which was founded in 1999 by David Neeleman, who originally wanted to call the airline “Taxi” complete with a yellow taxi-like livery, is headquartered in New York City and serves over 80 destinations in the United States and Caribbean.
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