United Airlines continued its executive team transition on Monday, announcing Brett J. Hart, formerly its executive vice president and chief administrative officer, as its new president.
Hart takes over for current president Scott Kirby, who will become the airline’s CEO. Kirby himself is taking over for current CEO Oscar Munoz, who announced plans to step down late last year.
Hart has been with United since 2010, serving in a variety of roles including interim CEO in 2015 during the six months Munoz was on leave after receiving a heart transplant.
“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,” Munoz said in a statement announcing the news.
“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.”
Hart will now handle United’s public advocacy strategy including government affairs, corporate communications, legal, and community engagement. Hart, as part of the announcement, said he will forgo his salary as president during the COVID-19 pandemic. Munoz and Kirby had already announced the same.