Larry Kellner

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Larry Kellner in 2008

Lawrence W. "Larry" Kellner (born 1959) is the former CEO of Continental Airlines, having succeeded Gordon Bethune as CEO in December 2004. Prior to his arrival at Continental, he served as the chief financial officer of American Savings Bank.[1] Kellner retired as the airline's chief executive at the end of December 2009. During his career at Continental, he previously served as a vice president, chief financial officer and chief operations officer.[2]

Currently, Larry is the President of Emerald Creek Group, LLC- a Houston-based private equity firm primarily focused on real estate in both Texas and California.

Kellner grew up in Sumter, South Carolina.[3] He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1981 with a degree in accounting.[4] He resides in Houston, Texas.

Kellner is the 2008 recipient of the Tony Jannus Award for distinguished achievement in commercial air transportation.[5] In July, 2009, Continental announced Kellner's retirement as its CEO at the end of the year.[6]

Kellner is the prior vice chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership, and that organization's current chairman.[7] Kellner was elected to Boeing's board of directors in 2011[8] and Jim McNerney stated[9] "Larry brings to our board significant industry experience spanning strategy, operations and finance". He is a trustee of Rice University.

Kellner is a member of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, the organization's governing body.[10]


Preceded by
Gordon Bethune
CEO of Continental Airlines
2004 – 2009
Succeeded by
Jeff Smisek