Gordon Bethune Biography
Gordon Bethune is an American who earned worldwide acclaim at Continental Airlines for spearheading one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in United States history.
Gordon Bethune Age
Gordon was born on 29th August, 1941, U.S
Gordon Bethune Height
He stand at a height of 5 feet and 6 inches tall.
Gordon Bethune Education
Bethune holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Abilene Christian University at Dallas and is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Business School’s advanced management program. In addition, he holds honorary doctorate degrees from the College of Aeronautics, Farleigh Dickinson University and Montclair State University.
Bethune is a licensed commercial pilot, type-rated on Boeing 757 and 767 aircraft as well as the DC-3. He also is licensed as an airframe and power plant mechanic.
Gordon Bethune Nationality
He is an American nationality.
Gordon Bethune Ethnicity
He is of white ethnicity.
Gordon Bethune Parents
Bethune was born to Pearl Elley and Jack Bethune, who was serving in the U.S. Army at that time. Bethune grew up in Austin, Texas and spent summers with his father, who owned an aerial crop dusting company, in Hernando, Mississippi.
Gordon Bethune Siblings
Gordon has not shared any information about his siblings to the public.
Gordon Bethune Wife
Gordon is married to his wife Tommy Jean Bethune.
Gordon Bethune Children
Gordon and his wife Tommy Jean Bethune have three children together namely; Xavier Bethune, Michael Natale, Grady Bethune.
Gordon Bethune CEO of Continental Airlines
Gordon Bethune is a retired US airline executive. He was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1994 until his retirement at the end of 2004. He currently serves on the boards of Honeywell, Sprint, Prudential Financial.Bethune holds a commercial pilot certificate with type ratings in the Douglas DC-3, Boeing 757, and Boeing 767. Bethune was known for ensuring that he received some time as pilot when taking delivery of a new Continental Airlines Boeing 767 from Boeing and repositioning it from Seattle to Houston. He also is a licensed Airframe and Power plant (A&P) mechanic.
Gordon Bethune earned worldwide acclaim at Continental Airlines for spearheading one of the most dramatic corporate turnarounds in United States history.
Bethune joined the U.S. Navy in 1958 at age 17, becoming an aviation electronics technician. In January 1960, he was serving in Heavy Attack Squadron 11 aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. He rose to the rank of chief petty officer, chief warrant officer, and over time received his commission as a Lieutenant. While in the Navy, Bethune married and fathered three sons, Xavier, Michael and Grady. In 1978, he retired with twin bars of a full lieutenant. His last duty station was with Patrol Squadron Nineteen (Big Red) stationed at Moffett Field, CA.
When he joined the carrier as President and Chief Operating Officer in February 1994, Continental consistently ranked last in every measurable performance metric, including on-time performance, customer complaints and mishandled baggage.
Bethune quickly assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer in November 1994 and was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors in September 1996. His effort to rescue the financially troubled carrier was chronicled in his best-selling business novel, “From Worst to First”.
Continental thrived under his leadership, winning more awards for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power and Associates than any other airline. Fortune magazine named Continental among the “100 Best Companies to Work for in America” for six consecutive years. In his final year piloting the airline to success, Fortune magazine ranked Continental 1994′s No. 1.
Prior to joining Continental, Bethune was Vice President and General Manager of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group’s Renton Division, where he was responsible for the 737 and 757 airplanes. He began his career with Boeing in 1988, and also served as that company’s Vice President and General Manager of the customer services division.
Before joining Boeing, Bethune held a number of senior management positions in commercial airlines, including Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance for Braniff and Western Airlines, and Senior Vice President Operations for Piedmont Airlines.
Bethune is emeritus board member for New York Academy of Art. He formerly served on the board of directors of Park Hotels and Resorts, Sprint Corporation and on the board of directors of Honeywell International and Prudential Financial. He retired from Continental at the end of 2004.
Gordon Bethune CNBC
Gordon Bethune, former Continental Airlines chairman and CEO, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss his thoughts on the Spirit Airlines, JetBlue and Frontier saga, how he would handle the airline M&A market and what’s happening in travel chaos.
Gordon Bethune, former Continental Airlines chairman and CEO, joins ‘The Exchange’ to discuss JetBlue’s bid for Spirit.
Gordon Bethune, former Continental Airlines chairman and CEO and CNBC contributor, joins ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss omicron’s impact on airline stocks.
Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines, and Jamie Baker, JPMorgan sr. airline analyst, join ‘Power Lunch’ to discuss potential mergers, the state of the airline industry and what to expect from carriers this summer.
Gordon Bethune Quotes
1. You don’t lie to your own doctor. You don’t lie to your own attorney, and you don’t lie to your employees.
2. The substitute for knowledge is money.
3. It’s the old adage: You can make a pizza so cheap, nobody will eat it. You can make an airline so cheap, nobody will fly it.
4. You’re only as good as your dumbest competitor.
5. There is no economy without airlines. Airfreight runs the world. There is no Honolulu without an airplane. This is a very complex system. If you take it down, you can’t build it back up overnight.
6. The guy in the airplane goes with you. So he has self-interest to do the good things, too, and I don’t know of any pilots that don’t have a self-interest in staying alive.
7. Watches are the only jewelry men can wear, unless you’re Mr. T.
8. I just want to be able to get on an airplane and enjoy myself in Disneyland, not sit there worrying about all these assassins.
9. Somebody who knows what they’re doing, who has a good track record, they come across as very articulate, bright and looking for a challenge – that’s absolutely my kind of hire.
10. We tax air passengers like cigarettes and alcohol – we impose sin taxes on travellers.
11. It’s difficult to have everybody like everything you do. I don’t know anybody that’s perfect and doesn’t have a zit somewhere.
12. It really helps to know what success is before you get there, and if you know, then you can head right for it. For some people, it’s the most money. For some, it’s the most power. For some, it’s the most girlfriends. Everybody’s got a measure. For me, I guess it’s having the respect and admiration of your peers.
13. It all sounds almost silly, but the fact is that the only way to change a corporate culture is to just change it. Gordon Bethune Most businesses fail because they want the right things but measure the wrong things, and they get the wrong results.
14. A bankruptcy judge can fix your balance sheet, but he cannot fix your company.
15. I’ve spent my life as an airplane mechanic, pilot, aircraft manufacturer and airline CEO who never lost a life or an airplane. I am considerate of the risk we take every time we fly. I also know we need to fly and always to improve safety.
16. I was a mechanic in the Navy. And mechanics in the Navy are like mechanics in airlines. You may have more stripes than I do, but you don’t know how to fix the airplane.
17. Grounding airplanes to cover your butt would never have let Orville or Wilbur change the world. We would still be spending weeks to cross the Atlantic to do business in London.
18. Whether I’m at the hangar or at the airport or on an airplane, I get respect. And that’s the best part of my day.
19. When you actually take the time to go over to somebody’s office and personally thank them – whether their office is in a cockpit of an airplane, or in a break room – that’s an actual manifestation of interest in them. You need to take the time to show the people around you who work for you that you’re interested in them.
20. What you measure and reward is what you’re going to get. Gordon Bethune Every pilot thinks they’re the best pilot in the world. I think I’m the best pilot.
21. It’s not about market share. If you have a successful company, you will get your market share. But to get a successful company, what do you have to have? The same metrics of success that your customer does.
22. I learned that you can be successful if you get people to help you become successful.
23. The airline business is the biggest team sport in the world. When you’re all consumed with fighting among yourselves, your opponents can run over you every day.
24. No one is going to stick their head out of the trenches for someone they don’t respect or trust. You can get shot doing that.
25. If you say three things in a row that make sense, people will vote for you.
Gordon Awards And Honours
Gordon Bethune was the National Honorary Initiate of Delta Sigma Pi at the Grand Chapter Congress in Houston in 1999. In 2003 Bethune received the Tony Jannus Award for outstanding leadership in the Commercial Aviation industry.
Bethune was honored with the 2006 Lloyd P. Nolen Lifetime Achievement in Aviation Award by the Wings over Houston Airshow. That award is given to individuals, organizations or companies dedicated to the advancement of aviation. Additionally he was recognized as one of the Top 25 Global Managers, BusinessWeek, 1996; Laureate in Aviation Trophy, National Air and Space Museum, 1997; 25 Most Influential Executives, Business Travel News, 1998, 2000; 50 Best CEOs in America, Worth, 2001, 2002, 2003; Airline Person of the Year, Travel Agent, 2001. The Wings Club New York City awarded him the Distinguished Achievement award in 2004. The Navy League of New York presented him The Life Time achievement Award 2014 in NYC.
Gordon Bethune Salary
He earns an estimated annual salary of USD 300,000.
Gordon Bethune Net Worth
His net worth is estimated to be USD 10 million.
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