Gordon M. Bethune Organization leader

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.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 29th, 1941
United States of America
Places lived
Hernando , Mississippi
pop. 15,000 (2013)
Abilene , Texas
pop. 120,099 (2013)




1. Abilene Christian University Colleges/University

- Bachelor of Science

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private university located in Abilene, Texas, affiliated with Churches of Christ. ACU was founded in 1906, as Childers Classical Institute. ACU had a fall 2011 enrollment of 4,558 students, including 787 graduate students, from across the United States and 60 nations.

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Type Liberal arts college
2010. 266 mil. $
2009. 238 mil. $
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1600 Campus Court, 79699 - Abilene, Texas
2010. 3,806
2009. 3,916
2010. 922
Acceptance rate
2010. 64.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 21.5 K $
Official web page www.acu.edu
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Organization leader
b. 1937., American Football Tackle
b. 1937., Professional Golfer
b. 1941., Olympic athlete
b. 1941., Award Winner
b. 1936., Chemist
b. 1938., American Football Tight end
b. 1946., Professor


Company Founded Positions
Braniff International Airways
Vice President of Maintenance Services
1980 - 1982
1979 - 1980
Western Airlines
Vice President, Engineering & Maintenance
1982 - 1984
Piedmont Airlines
Senior VP, Operations
1984 - 1988
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Aircraft, Aerospace, Aircraft Manufacturing, Search, Detection, Navigation, Guidance, Aeronautical, and Nautical System and Instrument Manufacturing, Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Manufacturing, Arms industry, Guided Missile and Space Vehicle Propulsion Unit and Propulsion Unit Parts Manufacturing
Vice President, Commercial Airplane Group
1988 - 1994
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Continental Airlines
Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline
Chief Executive Officer
1994 - 2004
President and Chief Operating Officer
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Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
United States Navy Lieutenant
United States Navy Warrant officer
United States Navy Chief petty officer
United States Navy Aviation electronics technician

Written work

1.From Worst to First: Behind the Scenes of Continental's Remarkable Comeback

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1998. by John Wiley & Sons
Continental Airlines
Scott Huler


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