Maruster to replace Chew as JetBlue COO
JetBlue Airways has announced that Rob Maruster will become its chief operating officer on 1 June. The move comes alongside the transition of current president and COO Russ Chew to the role of senior advisor. JetBlue's chief executive officer, Dave Barger, will assume the duties and title of president, also from 1 June.
"Russ has accomplished more than he set out to achieve when he joined us in 2007," commented Barger. "His influence in helping us improve operational performance as well as developing the architecture of our strategic planning function will continue to benefit JetBlue far into the future. On behalf of JetBlue's 11,500 crewmembers, and our Board of Directors, I thank Russ for his service and commitment to JetBlue."
Chew joined JetBlue after four years with the Federal Aviation Administration as chief operating officer, following a 17-year career with American Airlines in their Operations and Planning units.
"Rob brings great operational experience, leadership and passion to this position," Mr. Barger said. "Over the four years Rob has been with JetBlue, he has revitalised our airports team, taken leadership of our system operations team, and is currently leading our operational integrity initiative. He is the right leader for the challenges ahead."
Maruster joined JetBlue in 2005 as vice-president, operations planning, after a 12-year career with Delta Air Lines in a variety of increasingly responsible leadership positions in the carrier's marketing and customer service departments.