United Airlines Names Brett Hart as President

By Paul Riegler on 11 May 2020
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United Airlines announced the appointment of Brett J. Hart, the company’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, to the position of president of United Airlines Holdings.

The appointment is effective May 20, 2020, at which time Scott Kirby, the current president, will become CEO in keeping with the previously announced succession plan that also places current CEO Oscar Munoz in the position of executive chairman.

May 20 is the company’s annual meeting of shareholders.

Mr. Hart, Mr. Munoz said, “recognized inside and outside of the airline industry for his leadership and has played a central role in shaping our strategy, culture and leading our community engagement around the world.”

The incoming president joined United Airlines in 2010 and, in 2015, served as interim CEO after Mr. Munoz, who had only been appointed to the position in July, suffered a heart attack. Prior to joining United, he served as executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary at Sara Lee and, before that, was a partner at the law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

In keeping with the precedent established by Messrs. Munoz and Kirby, Mr. Hart will forego his salary as president.

Mr. Munoz was named CEO in September 2015 Munoz after his predecessor, Jeff Smisek, was ousted amidst a federal investigation that alleged improprieties between the airline and officials at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, which operates Newark Liberty International Airport.

The airline announced the appointment of Mr. Kirby to the position of president last December, when plans for Mr. Munoz’ transition to executive chairman were disclosed.

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