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.