Executive Biography of Lawrence W. Kellner

Lawrence W. Kellner
Former Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines, Inc.

Boeing director since: 2011; Independent Chair (2019-2024)

Professional highlights:

  • President, Emerald Creek Group, LLC (2010-present)
  • Chairman and CEO, Continental Airlines, Inc. (2004-2009)
  • President and COO, Continental Airlines, Inc. (2003-2004)

Independent: Yes

Other current public company directorships:

  • Exxon Mobil Corporation

Mr. Kellner brings to the Board extensive airline industry experience developed during his 14 years of service in key leadership positions at Continental Airlines, including Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kellner possesses a deep understanding of strategic planning, customer relationships and requirements (including with respect to products that improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions), operational management, and sustainable aviation fuels in the airline industry. As CEO of Continental Airlines, Mr. Kellner led a highly regulated global airline committed to safety through strong training programs, as well as coordination and integration among pilots, civil aviation authorities and other internal and external stakeholders. He also has deep experience in successfully navigating numerous safety and regulatory compliance regimes around the world. In addition, Mr. Kellner has detailed finance and accounting knowledge gained principally from his experience as Chief Financial Officer at Continental Airlines and American Savings Bank. Mr. Kellner also brings to the Board corporate governance expertise from his past service as lead director of Marriott, chairman of Sabre, and on the boards of other Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Kellner is a member of the Aerospace Safety Committee and the Governance & Public Policy Committee.