United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will be leaving the position in May 2020 to transition to the role of executive chairman of the board of directors of United Airlines Holdings Inc., the airline announced on Thursday. Munoz has been United’s CEO since September 2015. He will be succeeded by the airline’s current president, J. Scott Kirby.
“With United in a stronger position than ever, now is the right time to begin the process of passing the baton to a new leader,” Munoz said. “It has been the honor of my career to lead the 95,000 dedicated professionals who serve United’s customers every day. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Scott in the months ahead and supporting the company’s ongoing success in my new role.”
According to the airline, Kirby was recruited by Munoz in August 2016. In addition to a three-decade-long airline career, he has held senior leadership roles at America West and US Airways. Kirby is a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and has a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University. United also announced that its current Chairman, Jane Garvey, will retire from the board in May 2020 after more than ten years of service.