United Keeps Distance From Smisek With Lawyer as Interim CEO

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  • Bypassing operations side stirs doubts on management depth
  • Board seen reaffirming need `to change way things are done'

In tapping their top lawyer as interim chief executive officer, directors at United Continental Holdings Inc. stuck with the path they chose a month ago by picking a leader with no close ties to ousted CEO Jeff Smisek.

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