Gordon M. Bethune was the CEO of Continental Airlines from 1994 until his retirement at the end of 2004. He currently serves on the boards of Honeywell, Sprint, and Prudential Financial. When Bethune took over in 1994 as COO and President of Continental Airlines the troubled airline had twice faced bankruptcy and was again headed that direction. Bethune quickly made his mark on the carrier recognizing that a good airline was defined by customer satisfaction, not just cost per available seat mile. Bethune ascended to the role of CEO in November 1994, and was elected chairman of the board of directors in 1996.
BusinessWeek magazine named Bethune one of the top 25 Global Managers in 1996 and 1997. Under his leadership Continental's stock price rose from $2 to over $50 per share. Fortune magazine named Continental among the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America for six consecutive years. Bethune released his book, From Worst to First: Behind the Scenes of Continental's Remarkable Comeback, in 1999 detailing his success at that carrier.
Welcome Wade Wilson, Sr. is chairman of the GSL Welcome Group—a privately held real estate development firm with its headquarters in Houston, Texas (USA). He previously served on the Board of Regents of the University of Houston System, and is a 1949 graduate of the University of Houston.
Welcome W. Wilson served in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations as a five-state Director of Civil and Defence Mobilization, a division of the Executive Office of the President. He also had responsibility for what is now known as FEMA. In 1966 he was appointed Special Ambassador to Nicaragua by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was a witness to the Atom bomb tests in Nevada in 1954 and the Hydrogen bomb test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific Ocean in 1956.
Glen F. Post, III is the chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink, an S&P 500 integrated communications service provider based out of Monroe, Louisiana. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting in 1974 at Louisiana Tech University and an MBA in 1976 at Louisiana Tech. Post joined CenturyLink in 1976. In 1992 Post was named vice chairman of the board, president, and chief executive officer. In 2002 he was appointed chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Since 2009 Post has served as chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. His honors include: Louisiana Tech College of Administration and Business Distinguished Alumni in 1991, Louisiana Tech University Tower Medallion Award in 1997 and DeGree Enterprises Lifetime Achievement Award in Business 2003.
Mr. Duane Wilson served as a Vice President of Research & Engineering of ConocoPhillips since 1988 and oversaw the work of more than 800 scientific, engineering, technical, and support people. After four decades with ConocoPhillips and a few years as the president and chief operating officer of a start-up company, Wilson was ready to dive into retirement when he was contacted about an opportunity to work with former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III.
Baker had been named chair of an independent review panel convened by British Petroleum to investigate safety practices and safety culture at its five U.S. refineries. The impetus for the review was a tragic accident: a BP refinery explosion in Texas City, Texas, in March 2005 that killed 15 people and injured 170 others.
Wilson was the board member who brought a chemical engineering background with years of experience in petroleum refining to the table.
Jerry Allen is the Founder and Chairman of JAG Resources, LLC a group of experienced and successful business leaders consulting & advising companies working within the energy & industrial sectors. Further he serves as Chairman of Flutura-JAG USA, a Houston based technology company. In the past Jerry has served on 7 major US corporation boards, 2 international company boards and 2 bank boards.
Brit Svoboda, Co-Managing Member of JAG Resources, LLC and is currently part of the Flutura-JAG USA group working on next generation digital transformation projects for the Industrial sector. In addition, Brit serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Advanced Infrastructure Technologies, LLC, an industrial innovation technology company. Mr. Svoboda previously co-founded and still operates R & S Development Co, LLC., an asset development group focused on constructing & managing a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate and industrial projects.