Neeleman Ousted as JetBlue CEO

Back on February 19th, after JetBlue’s operational disaster, I wrote, "If Neeleman weren’t the founder, I would expect a board to oust him over this.  But they won’t…"

I was wrong.  The board fired JetBlue’s CEO and founder David Neeleman today, replacing him with former COO Dave Barger.  Who knows why it took 3 months (and why they did it once JetBlue had improved its operations), but it goes to show, you can launch a successful airline and still get fired. 

Neeleman will remain as non-executive chairman of the board.


  1. Im sure they left him with a tiny, miniscule severance package. How is he gonna feed his family? Is there an address to which contributions can be sent?