United CEO Steps Down Amid Corruption Probe

The CEO of United Airlines has resigned after the launch of a probe by federal authorities into the sanctioning of a loss making flight to benefit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The CEO of United Airlines has resigned after the launch of a probe by federal authorities into the sanctioning of a loss making flight to benefit the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

United confirmed Jeff Smisek had stepped down on Tuesday (September 8) after five years in the post due to the investigation.

Two other executives tied to the probe, executive vice-president of communications and government affairs Irene Foxhall and senior vice-president of corporate and government affairs Mark Anderson, have also left the airline.

Smisek is replaced in the role of CEO by Oscar Munoz, the chief operating officer of CSX and current United board member.

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