Continental Airlines CEO Larry Kellner, a key player in the airline's dramatic turnaround in the mid 1990s, won this year's Tony Jannus Award for his accomplishments in commercial aviation. Continental was running on fumes and facing a third bankruptcy when Kellner, then 36, signed on in 1995 as chief financial officer under new boss Gordon Bethune. He restored the financial community's confidence in the airline and raised billions in financing to get Continental back on its feet. Continental now has the most international destinations and youngest jet fleet among traditional hub-and-spoke U.S. airlines. Kellner will receive the award Oct. 30 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort in St. Petersburg. Previous recipients include Pan Am founder Juan Trippe, Southwest Airlines legend Herb Kelleher, Virgin Atlantic Airways chairman Richard Branson and Kellner's old boss, Bethune.
Continental Airlines CEO wins Tony Jannus Award
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