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ExpressJet Airlines: CEO Jim Ream to retire, T. Patrick Kelly successor

Staff writer |
Houston, Tx., USA - ExpressJet Airlines announced that president and chief executive officer Jim Ream will retire, effective January 1, 2010. The Board has appointed director T. Patrick Kelly as interim CEO.

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. Ream directed ExpressJet in its transformation from a wholly-owned regional carrier of a major airline to a diversified aviation company.

Mr. Ream spent his first five years as Continental's Vice President of Finance and then the President of Continental's subsidiary Continental Micronesia.

Mr. Ream joined Continental's regional subsidiary Continental Express in 1999 as President and then assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer with the company's initial public offering and emergence as a separate, publicly-traded company in 2002.

Mr. Kelly brings 25 years of business experience, including airline industry experience in both his role on the ExpressJet Board for the past two years and his 11 years with American Airlines.

In addition, Mr. Kelly has 12 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer for private and public companies, including Sabre, one of the world's leading global travel distribution companies.

Mr. Kelly's most recent role was Chief Financial Officer of Vignette, an Austin-based content management software company, which merged with Open Text Corporation in July 2009.