C. David Cush Will Oversee Low-Cost Carrier
It will be something of a homecoming for C. David Cush, when he
takes the reins next month as CEO of Virgin America. The former
Senior Vice President of Global Sales for American Airlines will be
reunited with former AMR CEO Don Carty.
The airline announced Tuesday Cush will replace outgoing CEO
Fred Reid. As ANN reported, Reid's
removal as CEO of Virgin was among the terms of the airline's
certification by the Department of Transportation, due to what DOT
viewed as Reid's too-chummy relationship with Virgin magnate Sir
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Cush handed in his walking
papers at American on Monday.
"We are pleased to announce David as Virgin America's new CEO,"
said Carty, Chairman of Virgin America's Board of Directors.
"David's extensive industry experience, business acumen and
creativity are the perfect attributes for leading the company as it
continues to grow from a promising start-up to a major
Carty praised Reid's contribution toward launching Virgin
America. "Fred's experience and unique vision have shaped this
airline's success from day one and he will be missed," Carty said.
"Both Fred and I have worked with David during our careers and we
are confident he is the right person to lead Virgin America going
"I could not be more pleased about the selection of David as the
new CEO of Virgin America," said Reid. "David brings broad business
experience, great energy and high enthusiasm that will take Virgin
America to the next level. Our creative, passionate and dedicated
teammates will continue to be the backbone of Virgin America and I
am confident that David will serve them well."
In his role at American, Cush was responsible for all sales and
distribution activities worldwide. He also has significant
operating experience, having held the position as Vice President of
American's St. Louis hub, where he was responsible for airport
operations for more than 200 daily departures and over 7,000
employees. Prior to that, he was Vice President of International
Planning and Global Alliances at the carrier.
Over the course of his career, Cush has held key leadership
roles overseeing all aspects of the airline business including
finance, sales and marketing, customer service and operations. In
addition to 20 years with American, Cush served as Chief Operating
Officer of Aerolineas Argentinas, the national carrier of