If you write to a CEO to buy his airline, be sure to spell his name correctly

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American Airlines Fokker F100 on push back with a MD-82 waiting for its gate at Chicago O’Hare. The F100 later went to Austrian Arrows. Photograph: AirSpace user apgphoto


If you represent a company, such as Sterling Global Holdings, that intends to write out of the blue to the chief executive of AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, and offer to purchase the airline for $3.25 billion, a 48% premium over current stock prices, you might think to check over a few things–like the CEO’s name.

Sterling Global, the Dallas Morning News reports, addressed its offer to a one Mr. Gerald Arpey. The letter was likely found serious enough to be taken to the correct reader, a one Mr. Gerard Arpey.

3 Responses to If you write to a CEO to buy his airline, be sure to spell his name correctly

  1. AirBoss 31 March, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    He thought he was writing Gerald Greenwald…

  2. Paulo M 31 March, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Is the offer genuine — or is the target company also a spelling error?

  3. Will Horton 9 April, 2011 at 2:50 am #

    I think you’re the first person to raise that, Paulo! They seem intent on AMR though.

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