Business 100 - 2009

Patricia Cunningham/Continental Airlines

Patricia A. Cunningham is the Manager of Transatlantic Leisure Sales for Continental Airlines, the fourth largest airline in the United States.  Cunningham oversees leisure sales for 30 destinations in Europe, Israel and Greece, including sales to Belfast, Dublin and Shannon.  Cunningham serves on the Board of the Ireland – U. S. Council.  She was named to Irish America’s Business 100 list in 2007, and won a 2007 Chairman’s Award at Continental for her outstanding sales achievements. She started her airline carrier at Varig Brazilian Airline. She then became the Director of Airline Sales for Virgin Atlantic Airways, before going to Continental Airlines in 1997.

Cunningham is past President of the Airline Sales Manager Association in New York City.  She was the first female President of SKAL in New Jersey. Cunningham is second-generation Irish-American with roots in Roscommon on her father’s side. Of her Irish heritage she says, “My Irish heritage has been a source of immense pride, and has provided me with strong work ethics and a commitment to hard work in both my professional and personal career.”  She resides in Hillsborough, New Jersey.