New United CEO Munoz Suffers Heart Attack
United Continental Holdings’ new CEO, Oscar Munoz, was hospitalized and undergoing treatment in a hospital late Thursday after suffering a heart attack, according to a statement released by the airline.
The Chicago-based airline issued a brief statement Friday afternoon, saying it had been “informed by Oscar’s family that he was admitted to the hospital on Thursday and we will provide further details as appropriate. In the meantime, we are continuing to operate normally.”
Munoz, who is 56 years old, was named to the position of CEO on September 8 after his predecessor, Jeff Smisek, was ousted amidst an ongoing federal investigation that alleges improprieties between the airline and officials at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates Newark Liberty International Airport.
A coalition of union representing pilots, flight attendants, and machinists at the airline issued a statement wishing Munoz “a quick and full recovery,” adding that they “look forward to Mr. Munoz’ return as we will continue working together for the betterment of the world’s best airline.”
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