United appoints Brett Hart as President

A United Airlines Boeing 787-10. Photo by Chris de Breun | AeroNewsX

United Airlines has announced that Brett J. Hart, currently Executive Vice President and Chief Administration Officer of United Airlines, will be the new President of United Airlines Holdings. He will be taking over from Scott Kirby, who will become the Group CEO.

This is a continuation of United's leadership succession plan that was announced in December 2019, which involved the current CEO Oscar Munoz transitioning to Executive Chairman and current President Scott Kirby becoming CEO.

According to Oscar Munoz, "Brett is a well-established and widely respected leader who has established a strong track record over the last decade, helping United navigate complex challenges across all areas of our business. He is 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."

Ever since Brett Hart joined United in 2010, he has taken on several significant strategic responsibilities. In 2015, Brett Hart served as interim CEO for six months while Oscar Munoz was incapacitated due to health challenges.

As President of United, Brett Hart will continue to lead the company's public advocacy strategy including the Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Legal and Community Engagement teams. He will also continue to oversee business-critical functions like the Corporate Real Estate team, and manage United's industry-leading environmental sustainability effort. His responsibilities will expand to include managing the Human Resources and Labor Relations teams.

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