It’s time for a change at the top of the United Exec tree, with Oscar Munoz to leave the CEO role of the airline, and J Scott Kirby to take his place as incoming CEO.
Oscar Munoz will transition from being Chief Executive Officer to Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Airlines Holdings, Inc. in May 2020.
Scott Kirby joined United in August 2016 as President of United Airlines.
As CEO, Munoz has transformed United’s culture and set new standards of operational and financial performance. J. Scott Kirby, President, will succeed Munoz as Chief Executive Officer.
The Quotes in full.
Oscar Munoz said
“With United in a stronger position than ever, now is the right time to begin the process of passing the baton to a new leader,”
“One of my goals as CEO was to put in place a successful leadership transition for United Airlines. I brought Scott to United three years ago, and I am confident that there is no one in the world better equipped to lead United to even greater heights. It has been the honor of my career to lead the 95,000 dedicated professionals who serve United’s customers every day. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Scott in the months ahead and supporting the company’s ongoing success in my new role.”
“When I joined United as CEO, I laid out ambitious goals to build a new spirit of United by regaining the trust of our employees and customers – and I’m proud of how far we’ve come,”
“Along with the successful implementation of the plan our team laid out in January 2018, United’s operational and financial performance isn’t just better – it’s better than ever. By instilling a culture of ‘proof not promise,’ we have transformed United even faster than we expected and there’s an incredible sense of excitement about the future.”
Scott Kirby added
“I am honored to be named the next CEO of United and to succeed Oscar, whose leadership has been truly transformational for United Airlines,”
“I look forward to working with Oscar, the Board, our established leadership team and every United employee as we drive forward our proven strategy and focus on being the airline customers choose to fly and return to time and again.”
Not until May…
There’s some time for Oscar at the top, with him in post until May 2020.
The changes will go into effect following the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, scheduled for 20th May 2020.
A Time of Change
United Airlines has certainly been through ups and downs – like any airline in the industry. And with Oscar and the executive team addressing issues such as workforce issues, revenue management, some very big social media issues and some products that needed to be dragged into the modern age.
With the airline addressing challenges and seemingly coming through them, United Airlines health is a lot better than has been and is ready for the challenges it will face in the years ahead.
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