United Continental Holdings, Inc. has recently announced that its board of directors have decided to appoint Brett J. Hart as the company’s acting chief executive officer (CEO) effectively immediately, after United’s president and CEO Oscar Munoz suffered a heart attack and is now on medical leave.
Munoz suffered a heart attack last Thursday, October 15. He was admitted to the hospital immediately with his family at his side. According to CNBC, a report from Dow Jones says that Munoz was taken to a hospital in the Chicago area. Meanwhile, the company made a brief announcement about what happened to their CEO the following day. Furthermore, United Continental Holdings non-executive Chairman of the Board Henry L. Meyer III issued a statement a few days later, saying the company will announce its decision regarding corporate governance following Munoz’s hospitalization soon.
Hart is United’s current executive vice president and general counsel. He has been with the company since 2010. Prior to that, he was an executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee. Moreover, he was also a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as well as a special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury. He has a 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.
As United’s general counsel, Hart’s responsibilities involve corporate security, community affairs, food services, corporate real estate, customer experience, contact centers as well as government and regulatory affairs. And as acting CEO, Hart is determined to continue with Munoz’s plans for the company. In fact, Hart said, “Oscar’s agenda is focused on customer service, teamwork and innovation and I, along with the executive team, will continue to move quickly to implement it.”
Meanwhile, United’s stock price is currently down slightly by 1.76% to $55.75.