Jeff Smisek Named Chairman Of United Continental Holdings Board of Directors

 Jeff Smisek Named Chairman Of United Continental Holdings Board of Directors


PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2012

CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2012  /PRNewswire/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc.
(NYSE: UAL) today announced that its Board of Directors has named President
and CEO Jeff Smisek as Chairman of the Board effective Dec. 31, 2012.

Smisek replaces Glenn Tilton, who has served as Chairman of the United
Continental Holdings board since October 2010, and who will remain a member of
the board. Tilton served as Chairman and CEO of UAL Corporation from 2002
until October 2010.

Transition of the chairmanship at this time was part of the 2010 merger
agreement between United Airlines and Continental Airlines.

"I want to thank Glenn Tilton for his many years of service to United
Airlines," said Smisek. "Under Glenn's leadership, United became a strong
competitor and sought-after partner."

In addition, United today announced a realignment of its senior management
team as the airline shifts to its post-integration phase.

"Now is the time to begin the next phase for United, as we continue on the
path to becoming the world's leading airline," Smisek said. "This structure
aligns our senior management team to most effectively and efficiently meet the
challenges and opportunities of this next phase."

United is combining oversight of the airline's traditional sources of revenue
with oversight of operations that deliver the product; combining oversight of
IT, high margin products, strategy and customer experience; combining
marketing and MileagePlus into a single marketing and loyalty organization and
aligning it with IT; and combining eCommerce and merchandising functions.

This realignment results in the following new leadership roles, effective

  oJim Compton assumes the position of vice chairman and chief revenue
    officer. Compton will oversee operations and the traditional revenue side
    of United's business. Pete McDonald, EVP and chief operations officer,
    will report directly to Compton.
  oJeff Foland will oversee the airline's marketing and loyalty, technology,
    strategy and customer experience groups, as EVP marketing, technology and

About United
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of 5,557 flights a day
to 378 airports on six continents from the airline's hubs in Chicago,
Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco,
Tokyo and Washington, D.C. In 2011, United carried more traffic than any other
airline in the world, and operated more than two million flights carrying 142
million passengers. United is upgrading its cabins with more flat-bed seats in
first and business class and more extra-legroom economy-class seating than any
other airline in North America. United now has 180 airplanes featuring
DIRECTV®, offering customers more live television access than any other
airline in the world. United operates nearly 700 mainline aircraft and has
orders for more than 270 new aircraft deliveries through 2022. In 2012, United
was the first North American airline to take delivery of new Boeing 787
Dreamliner aircraft. United was rated the world's most admired airline on
FORTUNE magazine's 2012 airline-industry list of the World's Most Admired
Companies. Readers of Global Traveler magazine have voted United's MileagePlus
program the best frequent flyer program for eight consecutive years. United is
a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 193 countries
via 27 member airlines. More than 85,000 United employees reside in every U.S.
state and in countries around the world.For more information, visit or follow United on Twitter and Facebook. The common stock of
United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE
under the symbol UAL.

SOURCE United Continental Holdings, Inc.

Contact: United Continental Holdings, Inc. Worldwide Media Relations,
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