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United Hires American’s No. 2 Executive in Succession-Plan Boost

  • Kirby jumps after 20 years of teaming with American CEO Parker
  • Move marks ‘culmination’ of executive changes, United CEO says
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United Continental Holdings Inc. named Scott Kirby as president, hiring away American Airlines Group Inc.’s highest-ranking official after Chief Executive Officer Doug Parker.

Kirby’s appointment will take effect immediately, United said in a statement Monday. His responsibilities in the newly created role will range from operations to marketing and network planning, and he will report to CEO Oscar Munoz.