On a Flight Path to Success

Working for an airline requires quick responses, says JetBlue’s Schroeter.

Ryan Schroeter, the 34-year-old assistant treasurer at JetBlue Airways, attributes his career successes to his parents, the high school teacher who first got him interested in accounting, and a willingness to take risks. The biggest risk was his decision in 2006 to leave a comfortable, well-paid career at Johnson & Johnson, where he was an assistant manager in the internal audit department, to take a lower paid and lower ranking post as senior analyst at an upstart airline called JetBlue.

It was a smart if risky decision that has paid off well. Schroeter moved up quickly in the treasury at $3.8 billion JetBlue and was appointed assistant treasurer in 2009.


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