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Ben Baldanza

Former CEO & President of Spirit Airlines (2006 – 2016)

With over 30 years of innovative and groundbreaking performance in the US Airline Industry, B. Ben Baldanza has been recognized as one of the most influential business leaders of the last 20 years.

The Lies That Airlines Tell

Ever wonder how plane ticket prices are set? Or why some airlines charge higher baggage fees than others?

With over 30 years of experience in the commercial airline industry, Ben Baldanza gives audiences an inside look at how airlines really work!

Turning Spirit Airlines Around

When Ben Baldanza became the CEO of Spirit Airlines in 2006, the airline had cumulatively lost $350 million dollars since its inception and was quickly running out of cash. Based on a rigorous review of the business and the opportunities available, Spirit embarked on a major transformation that made it the most financially successful airline of the last decade while creating a robust growth profile.

Former CEO, Ben Baldanza shares lessons learned from this transformation and how other businesses can lead their companies to success.

 

 

 

Business Lessons Learned While Going Public

Spirit Airlines completed what is now considered to be a highly successful IPO in 2011, but the plans to take the company public began years earlier. Ben Baldanza can explain what it took to make this happen and what changes it necessitated within the organization. Companies thinking that an IPO may be right for them can learn from his experience and lower their own risk profile.

 

 

 

Meet Ben Baldanza

With over 30 years of innovative and groundbreaking performance in the US Airline Industry, B. Ben Baldanza has been recognized as one of the most influential business leaders of the last 20 years.

As the CEO of Spirit Airlines, he transformed a small, unprofitable airline into a totally new disruptive category that created billions of dollars in value and changed the path of the US airline industry.

Ben is an engaging, effective, and often humorous speaker that can address a number of topics relevant for today’s organizations. These include business transformation, cultural change, role of private and public companies, disruptive industries and how to create and react to them, economics in real life, and effective dealing with possibly hostile media, employees and/or customers. He has appeared regularly on TV and radio including the O’Reilly Factor, Today Show, NPR, and numerous business shows on Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox Business.

 

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