Ben Baldanza

Former CEO & President of Spirit Airlines

  • Ben Baldanza`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Ben Baldanza`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Virginia, USA

  • Ben Baldanza`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Ben Baldanza`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Virginia, USA

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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 ...

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.

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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 ...

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.

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About Keynote Speaker Ben Baldanza

Ben Baldanza has a 30-year career in the US Airline industry. For eleven years, he was the CEO of Spirit Airlines, helping to transform that airline into the first “ultra low cost” carrier in North America, bringing fares down to as low as $9, while earning record industry profit margins. He has an economics degree from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Affairs, specializing in Transport Economics from Princeton University.

Ben Baldanza has been a regular contributor to business news shows including CNBC, Fox News, Fox Business News, Bloomberg TV, The Today Show, and NPR. His business activities have also been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous airline industry publications. Twice  he has been named as one of the 25 Most Influential Business Travel leaders by Business Travel News.

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