David Barger

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David Barger
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David Barger after an October 2010 presentation in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Born David J. Barger
1958 (age 55–56)
Newark, New Jersey
Citizenship United States
Alma mater University of Michigan[1][2]
Occupation President and CEO of JetBlue
Salary US$591,667 +
US$888,455 other compensation (2009)[3]

David J. Barger (born 1958) is the current Chief Executive Officer of JetBlue Airways.[4] He was part of JetBlue's founding team and is on the corporation's board of directors.[5]


Dave Barger's interest in airlines came from his father, who was a United Airlines pilot for 37 years.[5] From 1982 to 1988, Barger served in a number of positions with New York Air, such as the Director of Stations.[4] 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 part of the JetBlue Airways founding team in 1998, and served as the Chief Operating Officer for Jet Blue until March 2007. During the airline's first months of operation, when a JetBlue plane was forced to divert en route so that a diabetic passenger could receive emergency care, Barger reportedly personally apologized to each passenger for the delay, and offered a free flight as compensation.[6] 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 Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman.[7] Barger, then 49, became JetBlue's new Chief Executive Officer on May 10, 2007.[8] Neeleman, the company's largest individual investor, became a nonexecutive chairman as a result of the change.[9] On June 1, 2009, Barger became the president of JetBlue.[4] On September 18, 2014, Barger announced his resignation from the company effective February 16, 2015.

Charitable work[edit]

Barger is on both the executive committee and the board of governors of the Flight Safety Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to the field of air safety.[10] In 2007, Barger gave $4.5 million USD to the Barger Leadership Institute in the Organizational Studies Program in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan.[2]


  1. ^ "David Barger biography". JetBlue Airways. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Angell, Emily (29 May 2007). "CEO alum gives $4.5 mill to 'U'". The Michigan Daily (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "David Barger profile". Forbes. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "David Barger: Executive Profile & Biography". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 9 October 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Meeks, Karen (12 February 2010). "JetBlue CEO David Barger reflects on 10 years". Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California). Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Huettel, Steve (20 February 2007). "Jet Blue issues fliers bill of rights". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  7. ^ "A Change in the Cockpit at JetBlue". Bloomberg Businessweek. 10 May 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Schlangenstein, Mary; David Mildenberg (10 May 2007). "JetBlue Air Names Barger to Succeed Neeleman as Chief". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  9. ^ "Jettisoned at JetBlue". Daily News. 11 May 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  10. ^ "Davad Barger IATA profile". International Air Transport Association. Retrieved 9 October 2010.