Photo Credit: Brett J. Hart Photo courtesy of United Airlines
Black Excellence: United Airlines Names Brett J. Hart President
United Airlines announced it would appoint Brett J. Hart as the company’s president, effective May 20.
Hart has served as United’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer since 2010 and even acted as interim CEO for six months while current CEO Oscar Munoz recovered from a heart transplant.
“Brett is a well-established and widely respected leader who has established a strong track record, over the last decade, helping United navigate complex challenges across all areas of our business,” Munoz said in a statement. “He is recognized inside and outside of the airline industry for his leadership and has played a central role in shaping our strategy, culture and leading our community engagement around the world.”
Throughout his career, Hart has led big companies, including Sara Lee Corp. where he served as the executive vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary; a partner at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago; and he also served as the special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Treasury in Washington, D.C.
Hart will be responsible for United’s business-critical functions like the Corporate Real Estate team, overseeing the company’s environmental sustainability efforts and managing the Human Resources and Labor Relations teams.
Despite the promotion, Hart will forgo his salary as president due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
“I am honored and energized as I take on these new responsibilities to lead this incredible team that I am convinced will build United into a thriving industry leader,” Hart said in a statement. “The path forward will not be easy, but I am confident that Scott and I will continue our partnership to lead United through the extraordinary challenge posed by COVID-19.”