Azul Brazilian Airlines Names New CEO

Azul Brazilian Airlines has named longtime Chief Financial Officer John Rodgerson as its new CEO. Rodgerson is replacing Azul founder David Neeleman, who will remain with the São Paulo-based airline as Chairman of its Board of Directors.

Neeleman, who also founded New York-based JetBlue Airways, founded Azul in 2008. The carrier initially operated an all-Embraer E-Jet fleet on domestic Brazil and regional South American flights, but expanded to long-haul flying in late 2014. As CEO, Neeleman also orchestrated the domestic merger of Azul and TRIP Linhas Aereas in 2013.