United Airlines CEO on track to return from heart surgry

United Airlines CEO and president Oscar Munoz is recovering following the heart transplant he received on 6 January 2016, and is expected to return from medical leave at the end of the first quarter or the beginning of the second quarter of 2016.

Brett J. Hart will continue as the acting CEO until Munoz´s return.

Munoz had been progressing well with the assistance of an implanted medical device, but a transplant was considered to be preferable to long-term reliance on the implanted device and was not the result of a setback in his recovery.

Munoz had been cleared to return to work prior to the transplant. Since early December, Munoz had been gradually resuming company-related activities in collaboration with Hart, visiting with employees, and participating in meetings at the company´s headquarters.

Doctors said Munoz was in “excellent physical condition,” leading to the “rapid pace of his recovery prior to the transplant.”

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