CHICAGO, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced three new appointments in the finance division as the company focuses on aligning its organization across all areas of the business.
Julie Yates Stewart will join United on January 3 as managing director of investor relations where she will be responsible for overseeing the communication of United's financial results, while managing relationships with United's investors, analysts and credit rating agencies. Most recently, Yates Stewart served as a director at Credit Suisse where she was responsible for the firm's equity research coverage of U.S. and Canadian airlines. Prior to covering airlines, Yates Stewart was on Credit Suisse's Aerospace and Defense team. She earned both her masters of accounting degree and her bachelor of science degree in commerce and business administration from the University of Alabama.
To create additional alignment with its commercial and operations teams, the company has established two new chief financial officer roles. As vice president and chief financial officer - commercial, Jonathan Ireland will work closely with the airline's commercial and IT teams to provide financial planning and analytical support. Ireland has deep financial and leadership experience. He most recently served as managing director of investor relations and has also held positions in financial analysis and corporate budgeting at United. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Augustana College and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
As vice president and chief financial officer - operations, Tom Doxey will support all of the various operational teams to provide analytical and financial support with a focus on achieving important operational and financial goals. Most recently, Doxey served as vice president, fleet and corporate finance at Allegiant Air and has broad expertise in finance and the airline industry. Prior to joining Allegiant Air, Doxey held a variety of financial positions with US Airways. He has a bachelor's degree in public relations from Brigham Young University and an MBA from Arizona State University.
"I am very excited to have Julie, along with her expertise in airlines and knowledge of the investor community, join the United team. She will be an invaluable resource as we communicate to investors the positive momentum happening at the company," said Andrew Levy, executive vice president and chief financial officer. "I'm also looking forward to having Jonathan and Tom in their CFO positions, which will enable us to provide more focused and strategic support to our operational, IT and commercial groups as we work to improve our processes, sensibly manage our costs and identify initiatives that will help us compete - and win. Julie, Jonathan and Tom are all great additions to our talented finance organization and I look forward to working with them to build our world class team."
Yates Stewart, Ireland and Doxey will all report directly to Levy.
United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United is proud to have the world's most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates more than 720 mainline aircraft, and this year, the airline anticipates taking delivery of 21 new Boeing aircraft, including 737 NGs, 787s and 777s, as well as six used Airbus A319 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of United's parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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