Gordon M. Bethune biography and facts

Author from United States of America

Gordon M. Bethune (born August 29, 1941) 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 Nextel, Prudential Financial, and Willis Group Holdings. 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; his witty humor; and most importantly for the incredible turnaround of Continental Airlines in the mid 1990s. Bethune was born in San Antonio, Texas 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 was then working as a crop duster, in Hernando, Mississippi. 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, warrant officer, and over  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Gordon Bethune,Gordon M Bethune
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Pearl Elley Bethune, Wayford Levi (Jack) Bethune
Tommy Jean Bethune
Grady Bethune Michael Natale Xavier Bethune


Company Job title From To
Continental Airlines Chief Executive Officer 1994 2004
Continental Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer 1994
Western Airlines Vice President, Engineering & Maintenance 1982 1984
Boeing Vice President, Commercial Airplane Group 1988 1994
Piedmont Airlines Senior VP, Operations 1984 1988


Institution From To
Abilene Christian University

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