JetBlue Chooses New Leader to Pilot Legal Team

Nov. 14, 2018, 6:42 PM

JetBlue appointed Brandon Nelson as general counsel and corporate secretary, the company announced Nov. 13.

Nelson, who joined the airline in 2005 and was serving as its acting general counsel, will oversee its legal, ethics and compliance, cybersecurity, and environmental, social and governance efforts.

Nelson steps in after the retirement of former JetBlue GC James Hnat, who left the company over the summer.

The new general counsel started at the company in 2005 after working as a litigator at several firms, including Shearman & Sterling. He was later promoted to associate general counsel.

At JetBlue, Nelson has worked on numerous transactions, according to his LinkedIn profile, including a major purchase of JetBlue stock by Lufthansa. He serves on the investment committee of JetBlue’s venture capital arm.

JetBlue’s CEO Robin Hayes said in the hire announcement that Nelson “has proven a keen ability to navigate JetBlue through the complexities of our industry’s constantly shifting landscape.”

“As we enter JetBlue’s 20th year with many exciting ventures ahead of us, I am confident Brandon’s leadership and counsel will serve our company and our crewmembers well,” Hayes said.

Nelson is based at JetBlue’s Long Island City, New York headquarters.

The location is one of two that Amazon chose to house its second headquarters, and the airline is reportedly hoping that this new connection will translate into more business in the form of Amazon travel spend.

To contact the reporter on this story: Melissa Heelan Stanzione in Washington at mstanzione@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com

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