CONTINENTAL AIRLINE INC. Chairman and CEO Jeffery A. Smisek:

AGE -- 55.

CAREER Smisek joined Continental in 1995 as general counsel.

He became president and won a spot on the board in 2004. He was named chief operating officer in 2008 and became chairman and chief executive on Jan. 1 of this year after Lawrence Kellner resigned to join a private equity firm. Smisek was previously a partner at the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins.

FAMILY Married, two children.

EDUCATION Bachelor s degree in economics from Princeton University; law degree from Harvard.

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