I guess I should be worried, but I'm not sure why it's bad for the U.S. if brilliant entrepreneurs in India make life a little easier for their poorest countrymen, and eventually introduce their ideas to our economy. Isn't that called progress?
It's diploma season again, which means not only that a new batch of students will soon be facing the reality of the workplace but also that universities will be handing out honorary degrees. A look at several honorees -- and how they earned their doctorates.
When I heard last week that David Neeleman was stepping down as head of JetBlue, I admit I was surprised - despite how worn down he seemed when I interviewed him recently. So he nearly tossed me out of his office after talking for an hour about the February storm in which JetBlue waited too long to cancel flights, grounding planes and stranding passengers for days. The guy was spent. Hadn't slept much in three weeks. But I didn't think his days were numbered.
Mark February 14th, 2007 as the day that destroyed JetBlue. Not because the airline massively screwed up, stranded 1,000 planes, and turned passengers into captives. But because David Neeleman, JetBlue's founder and CEO, was unable to recover from the debacle. Despite more apologies than Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin combined, last week he was removed as CEO from the company he visioned into flight.
Now departing John F. Kennedy International Airport: JetBlue Founder and CEO David Neeleman.
JetBlue Airways said today its founder, David Neeleman, is stepping aside as chief executive officer and will be succeeded in that role by David Barger, Mr. Neeleman’s long-time No. 2 executive, reports The New York Times.
Recently, I sat down with David Neeleman, JetBlue's CEO, to hear about the aftereffects of its high-profile meltdown in February and his strategy for leading through crisis. Before the piece hit the presses, we sent an advance copy to members of our reader panel and asked how they thought he did.