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United's Munoz Plans to Return in Early 2016 After Heart Attack

  • `I will be back in the first quarter,' CEO tells employees
  • A marker is set for resuming efforts to transform airline
Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc.

Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc.

Photographer: Wayne Slezak via United Continental Holdings Inc.
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United Continental Holdings Inc. Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz is preparing to return to the airline once he recovers from the heart attack he suffered a month after he joined the carrier.

“Based upon discussion with my doctors I will be back in the first quarter,” Munoz, 56, said Thursday in a letter to employees, his first such communication since taking a medical leave in October.