United's Munoz picks American Airlines president for co-pilot

(Bloomberg)—United Continental Holdings Inc. named Scott Kirby as president, hiring him away from the same position at American Airlines Group Inc.

Kirby’s appointment will take effect immediately, United said in a statement Monday. American Airlines named Chief Operating Officer Robert Isom, 52, to replace Kirby, it said in a statement.

The change leaves American without the executive who has long overseen its revenue management and fare strategy. Kirby has teamed with American’s chief executive officer, Doug Parker, since 1995 at America West Airlines. Kirby’s responsibilities at United will range from operations to marketing and network planning.

“Scott’s appointment is the culmination of the formation of my leadership team,” United CEO Oscar Munoz said in a letter to employees.

Kirby, 49, was an executive at America West when the carrier merged with US Airways in 2005 and when US Airways combined with American as the latter emerged from bankruptcy reorganization in December 2013.

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