United Airlines has appointed Josh Earnest as Senior
Vice President and Chief Communications Officer.
Earnest has more than two decades of strategic
communications expertise at the highest levels of politics and
government, including as White House Press Secretary.
"Josh is a proven leader and world-class
communications strategist who has thrived when the stakes are the
highest - and the margin for error is the smallest," said Oscar
Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines. "He'll play a
crucial role on our leadership team as we position our brand and
this company for success. I am looking forward to working closely
with him to continue to expand United's global leadership."
Most recently, Earnest has been a political
analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, making appearances on the
network's news programs including the Today Show, Meet the
Press and NBC Nightly News.
Prior to that, Earnest served for
eight years in the Obama White House, first as deputy press
secretary before being promoted to White House Press Secretary in
2014. In 2015, Earnest was voted the "best White House press
secretary I've worked with" by White House correspondents surveyed
In addition to his work in front of the
cameras, Earnest played a leading role behind the scenes to
develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that
was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence to drive
the administration's agenda.
His two-decade career in
politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest
states and most competitive races in the country, including four
presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and
Mike Bloomberg's first campaign for Mayor of New York.
Airlines is an iconic, global brand with a long history - but it's
United's bright future that makes me enthusiastic about joining
the team. Cutting through the noise of the modern media
environment is a challenge, especially in the highly competitive
airline industry. United's advantage will continue to be its
customer-focused core values, dedicated employees and visionary
leadership team. That's the story that I am excited to tell," said
Earnest received his degree in political science and policy
studies from Rice University.
He will move to Chicago this summer
with his wife, Natalie and their two children.
Earnest's first day
at United will be Monday, 21 May 2018.
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