United Air­lines CEO re­turn­ing af­ter trans­plant

Chicago Sun-Times - - CITY BEAT - BY SARAH SKID­MORE AP Busi­ness Writer | WAYNE SLEZAK/ UNITED AIR­LINES VIA AP

United Con­ti­nen­tal said its Pres­i­dent and CEO Os­car Munoz will re­turn to his roles at the air­line full time later this month.

Munoz took med­i­cal leave af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack in Oc­to­ber, just six weeks af­ter re­plac­ing Jim Smisek as CEO. He then had a heart trans­plant in Jan­uary.

Gen­eral Coun­sel Brett Hart took over as in­terim CEO, but Munoz be­gan eas­ing back into work re­cently. The air­line said Sun­day that Munoz has al­ready been par­tic­i­pat­ing ac­tively in all ma­jor cor­po­rate de­ci­sions and meet­ing fre­quently with em­ploy­ees, share­hold­ers, and other stake­hold­ers dur­ing his re­cov­ery. He will re­turn to his du­ties on a full- time ba­sis March 14.

Chicago- based United Con­ti­nen­tal Hold­ings Inc. is the na­tion’s third- big­gest air­line by traf­fic, trail­ing Amer­i­can and Delta.

United Air­lines Pres­i­dent and CEO Os­car Munoz suf­fered a heart at­tack six weeks af­ter tak­ing the CEO post.

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