Frankly, there is usually very little that shocks me about this industry. Surprises me, yes. Piques my curiosity, yes. But shocks me — no.
But I got caught out in left field on this one.
This afternoon Continental CEO Larry Kellner announced in a letter to employees, and in a press release, that he was leaving the company, effective the end of the year.
But wait, he’s just not leaving as CEO. He’s leaving his position as Chairman of the Board of the airline as well.
Kellner is leaving the airline to head up a new private investment firm, Emerald Creek Group, LLC.
The airline announced that Jeff Smisek, President and COO of Continental, will succeed Larry as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
How about that?
Another good one bites the dust.