CHICAGO, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) announced today that Brett J. Hart will become its senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. Hart will join the company by Dec. 15. He will be responsible for managing the company's legal affairs worldwide, reporting directly to President and CEO Jeff Smisek.
"Brett's experience, leadership skills and legal expertise are great assets to our senior management team," said Smisek. "He will play a key role as we integrate United and Continental and build the world's leading carrier."
Hart most recently served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary at Sara Lee Corporation, where he directed global legal operations for the corporation. Prior to Sara Lee, Hart was a partner with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal in Chicago, and previously served as special assistant to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. He replaces Tom Sabatino, who is leaving United.
Hart earned a juris doctorate degree from the University of Chicago Law School and a bachelor's degree in philosophy and English from the University of Michigan.
About United Continental Holdings, Inc.
United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. Together with United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection, these airlines operate a total of approximately 5,800 flights a day to 371 airports on six continents from their hubs in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Guam, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Tokyo and Washington, D.C. United and Continental are members of Star Alliance, which offers 21,000 daily flights to 1,160 airports in 181 countries. United's and Continental's more than 80,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. For more information about United Continental Holdings, Inc., go to UnitedContinentalHoldings.com. For more information about the airlines, see united.com and continental.com, and follow each company on Twitter and Facebook.
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