United Airlines has appointed Brett J. Hart as
President, effective 20 May 2020.
Brett is currently Executive Vice President and
Chief Administrative Officer.
Oscar Munoz, United's CEO, will transition to
Executive Chair, while Scott Kirby, the current President, will
become CEO following the Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
"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," Oscar said. "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."
Since joining United in 2010, Brett has taken on a
variety of significant strategic responsibilities for the company
at critical moments – most notably in October 2015 when he served
as Interim CEO for six months while Oscar recovered from a heart
"Working closely with Brett over the last 3 years,
I have seen first-hand his thoughtful and intellectually rigorous
approach to navigating the complex environment in which we operate
and effectively implementing our business strategy," Scott said.
"The leadership Brett has shown as we have managed the current
crisis reinforces the conclusion I reached last year: Brett is
exactly the leader that United needs right now to take on the role
As President of United, Brett 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 efforts. His
responsibilities will expand to include managing the Human
Resources and Labor Relations teams.
The company will not replace the role of Chief
"I am honored and energized as I take on these new
responsibilities to lead this incredible team that I am convinced
will build United into a thriving industry leader," Brett said.
"The path forward will not be easy, but I am confident that Scott
and I will continue our partnership to lead United through the
extraordinary challenge posed by COVID19. United's bright future
is only possible because of the commitment of the most talented
airline professionals in the world who serve United and our
customers every single day – and I could not be prouder of them.
Before joining United, Brett was executive vice
president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee
Corporation, where he directed global legal operations for the
Prior to Sara Lee, Brett was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. Before that, he served
as special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department
of Treasury in Washington, D.C.
Brett serves on the Board of Directors for Abbvie.
He is also active in several philanthropic organizations,
including serving on the boards of the Obama Foundation Inclusion
Council, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, University of
Chicago, Northwestern Medicine and is Chair of the Metropolitan
Pier and Exposition Authority Board.
Brett received his Bachelor of Arts degree in
philosophy and English from the University of Michigan and a juris
doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Brett and his wife Dontrey reside on Chicago's South Side
with their three sons, Jonah, Aiden and Matthew.