David Barger after an October 2010 presentation in Ann Arbor, Michigan
|Born||David J. Barger
1958 (age 56–57)
Newark, New Jersey
|Alma mater||University of Michigan (Did not graduate.)|
|Occupation||Former President and CEO of JetBlue|
|Salary||US$ 600,000 in base pay, incentive and stock awards bought total to $3.1 million in 2013.|
David J. Barger (born 1958) was the Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways  until February 2015. He had been part of JetBlue's founding team and served on the corporation's board of directors.
Dave Barger's interest in airlines came from his father, who was a United Airlines pilot for 37 years. From 1982 to 1988, Barger served in a number of positions with New York Air, such as the Director of Stations. In 1992 he joined with Continental Airlines and held various management positions including Vice President of Continental's Newark Liberty International Airport hub.
Barger was one of the first employees of JetBlue Airways in 1998, and served as the Chief Operating Officer until March 2007. Following a February 2007 incident in which the airline was forced to cancel nearly 1,700 flights due to winter storms, JetBlue's board of directors replaced founder and Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman. Barger, then 49, became JetBlue's new Chief Executive Officer on May 10, 2007. Neeleman, the company's largest individual investor, became a nonexecutive chairman as a result of the change. On June 1, 2009, Barger became the president of JetBlue. On September 18, 2014, Barger announced his resignation from the company effective February 16, 2015, following several reports that investors and the board were unhappy with the lagging stock price and Mr. Barger's performance. He was replaced on the board and as CEO by Robin Hayes. The stock price increased rapidly after Mr. Barger's removal was announced.
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