United Airlines names new president

Chicago-based United Airlines has announced Brett J. Hart has been named the new president, the company said.

Hart is the first African American to become president of United Airlines in the airline´s 94-year history.

Hart was a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago. He joined United Airlines in 2010. Over his 10-year career with United, Hart has taken on significant responsibilities within the company. Hart has previously worked as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the company. In 2015, he stepped in and served as interim CEO for six months while then-CEO Munoz recovered from a heart transplant.

As President of United, Hart will continue to lead the company´s public advocacy strategy, including the Government Affairs, Corporate Communications, Legal and Community Engagement teams. He will also continue to oversee business-critical functions like the Corporate Real Estate team and manage United´s industry-leading environmental sustainability efforts. His responsibilities will expand to include managing the Human Resources and Labor Relations teams.