Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 7, 2001

Joseph Leonard – Airtran Holdings Inc (aai)

JOSEPH B. LEONARD is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AirTran Holdings, Inc., and its subsidiary, AirTran Airways, Inc. He joined Airtran Airways in January 1999. A 30-year veteran of the commercial air transport industry, Mr. Leonard most recently served as President and CEO of AlliedSignal, Inc.'s Aerospace Marketing, Sales & Service organization. Mr. Leonard joined AlliedSignal in September 1993 to head Marketing, Sales & Service where he was credited with improving customer satisfaction for the aerospace unit and leading growth strategy for the company. He was also a Senior Vice President of AlliedSignal, Inc., and a member of the corporation's Executive Council. Prior to joining AlliedSignal, Mr. Leonard held a wide range of executive positions. These included Chief Operating Officer for Eastern Air Lines as well as a number of key management positions at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and the Boeing Company. Mr. Leonard is a native of Augusta, Georgia, and received his Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn University. He maintains residences in Orlando, Florida, and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief historical sketch of AirTran, then a

profile of the company as it is now?

Mr. Leonard: AirTran Airways is a combination of an airline which was

started in