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United Airlines Hires Former American Airlines President Scott Kirby

Airlines & Airports | United Airlines | Donald Wood | August 30, 2016

United Airlines Hires Former American Airlines President Scott Kirby

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On Monday, former American Airlines president Scott Kirby was named the president of United Continental Holdings Inc., in charge of operations, sales and other duties.

The 49-year-old Kirby was considered by many within the airline industry to be the likely successor to American Airlines Group Inc. CEO Doug Parker, but he has instead taken his expertise to United.

Kirby will now be working with United CEO Oscar Munoz, who took over the role with the company less than a year ago. Munoz spoke highly of Kirby, calling him a “proven leader,” and said the hiring was the final piece for the senior leadership team that also includes a new chief financial officer and chief commercial officer.

United investors have been demanding Munoz improve the airline’s operations and financial performance, and several shareholders requested Munoz surround himself with the most qualified team possible.

Replacing Kirby at American Airlines will be 52-year-old Robert Isom, the company’s current chief operating officer. Isom joined US Airways in 2007, and held the same title with American when the merger between the two airlines took place in 2013.

An American Airlines regulatory filing revealed that Kirby will get a termination package valued at $13.2 million in cash and stock.

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