United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz will step down from his position in May, United announced Thursday.
Munoz will become chairman of the airline. Scott Kirby will replace Munoz as CEO. Kirby has been president of United for three years ago.
Munoz is best known for being the face of the airline when a passenger was dragged off a flight in April of 2017. He testified before Congress that “we had a horrible failure.” Changes at United were made after the incident in how they deal with overbooked flights.
“When I joined United as CEO, I laid out ambitious goals to build a new spirit of United by regaining the trust of our employees and customers and I’m proud of how far we’ve come,” Munoz said. “With United in a stronger position than ever, now is the right time to begin the process of passing the baton to a new leader.”