JetBlue Airways CEO said on Monday Robin Hayes will resign next month and be replaced by the airline’s president, Joanna Geraghtyshe will become the first female leader of a major U.S. airline.
Geraghty, 51, joins JetBlue Airways In 2005, he took on increasingly important roles at the New York-based airline, including serving as president and chief operating officer in 2018.
Geraghty said she was honored to be offered the new job and said she looked forward to “returning to profitable growth and creating sustainable value for shareholders as we execute on our strategic initiatives.”
Hayes said in a statement: “The immense challenges and stress of this job have taken their toll, and after following the advice of my doctors and speaking with my wife, it is now time for me to focus more on my health and well-being. ”
Changes at the top will take place on February 12.when it happens JetBlue Airways Waiting for a federal judge in Boston to decide whether he can buy spirit airlines Spending $3.8 billion, it quickly became a competitor to the largest U.S. airlines. The Justice Department sued to block the deal, leading to a trial last fall.
Hayes, 57, a former British Airways executive, joins JetBlue Airways He served as CEO in 2008 and became CEO in 2015.He promoted the creation of airlines transatlantic flights and build partnerships with the Northeast region American airlines. However, the deal with American Airlines was unraveled after the Justice Department successfully filed suit to invalidate it.
JetBlue Airways It is the country’s sixth-largest airline by revenue, slightly behind the fifth-largest airline, Alaska Airlines. Hayes has been pursuing mergers for years that would bring it closer to the size of American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.
JetBlue tries to buy Virgin America in 2016, but Alaska Airlines offered more. Hayes won in 2022 when JetBlue beat out Frontier to strike a deal with Spirit, the largest U.S. low-cost carrier.