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Joanna Geraghty Makes History as JetBlue’s First Female CEO

Joanna Geraghty Makes History as JetBlue’s First Female CEO

Geraghty will be the first woman to lead JetBlue, a major U.S. carrier.

Geraghty, 51, joined JetBlue, a major U.S. carrier in 2005.

JetBlue said Monday that CEO Robin Hayes will step down next month. Geraghty will replace him.

She has taken on an increasingly prominent role at the New York-based airline in recent years.

Geraghty’s prominent role at the New York-based airline in recent years, include becoming president and chief operating officer in 2018.

She said that it was honour for her to get the new job.

She was looking forward “as we execute on our strategic initiatives, return to profitable growth, and generate sustainable value” for shareholders.

Hayes, 57, said he will retire for health reasons.

The change at the top will occur on Feb. 12.

It comes as JetBlue waits for a federal judge in Boston to decide whether it can purchase Spirit Airlines for $3.8 billion in a bid to grow quickly into a challenger to the biggest U.S. airlines.

The Justice Department sued to block the deal and a trial was held last fall.

Hayes, 57, is a former British Airways executive who joined JetBlue in 2008. He became CEO in 2015. He pushed the airline to start transatlantic flights and create a partnership in the Northeast with American Airlines.

The deal with American was disbanded, however, after the Justice Department successfully sued to kill it.

JetBlue is the nation’s sixth-biggest airline by revenue, slightly behind No. 5 Alaska Airlines. Hayes has pursued mergers for several years to draw closer in size to American, Delta, United and Southwest.

JetBlue tried to buy Virgin America in 2016, but it was outbid by Alaska Airlines. In 2022, Hayes prevailed as JetBlue beat out Frontier to strike a deal with Spirit, the nation’s biggest low-fare airline.

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By : Sunjet Date : January 10, 2024 Category : News Comments :

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