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Scott Kirby


United Airlines

Scott Kirby is chief executive officer of United Airlines. He served  as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and was responsible  for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network  planning and revenue management. As president, he played  a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation  and executing the company’s strategic growth plan. Elected  in December 2020, Scott serves as the Chairman of the Star  Alliance Chief Executive Board (CEB). He is also a member of the  International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors.

Prior to joining United, Scott was president of American Airlines  from 2013 to 2016 and president of US Airways from 2006 to  2013. He is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and  accomplished three-decade-long career in significant leadership  roles within the airline industry. Scott started his career at the  Pentagon and in the technology sector.

Scott has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and operations  research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science  in operations research from George Washington University. He is  married and has seven children.

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