CEO, United Airlines
Oscar joined the United Airlines team as CEO in September 2015, having previously served as a member of its board of directors since the merger between United and Continental Airlines in 2010.
Under Oscar’s leadership United has achieved strong financial and operational success, delivering top-tier operational performance while activating an ambitious multi-year growth strategy.
United has continued to garner accolades for its renewed focus on developing its management and culture, earning one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards as one of the best places to work. In 2017, Fortune Magazine named Oscar among the top 20 CEO’s in its “Business Person of the Year” list. Mr. Munoz has also been recognized personally by Hispanic Business magazine, which twice placed him on its “100 Most Influential Hispanics” list.
Oscar grew up in Southern California, the oldest of nine children in a Mexican-American family, and became the first member of his family to graduate from college. He went on to serve in executive positions at the Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Inc., and AT&T. He came to United from the CSX railroad corporation, where he served as president and chief operating officer from 2012 to 2015.
He currently serves on the Washington, DC-based Business Council and Business Roundtable, the Partnership for New York City, the Economic Club of Chicago, and World Business Chicago. He is also a member of the University of Southern California’s Board of Trustees and a former advisory board member for Vanderbilt University’s Parents & Family Association. During the devastating series of storms in the United States in 2017, Oscar coordinated United’s unprecedented response, raising and matching millions of dollars in relief funds as well as operating dozens of humanitarian flights that delivered vital goods and supplies to impacted communities in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.
Mr. Munoz earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1983, and his MBA from Pepperdine in 1986.