United CEO Has Heart Transplant Operation
United Continental Holdings said that its chief executive underwent a heart-transplant operation early Wednesday and is in recovery.
Oscar Munoz, a longtime railroad executive who took over the airline as CEO in early September following the ouster of Jeff Smisek amidst a federal investigation associated with a scandal at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, suffered a heart attack after one month in that position.
The Chicago-based airline said that the transplant was not the result of a setback but, rather, “the preferred treatment.” Munoz is expected to return to United at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter.
In late October, the airline appointed its general counsel, Brett Hart, as acting CEO.
United said it expects to provide additional information about Munoz’ condition in the next 24 hours.
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