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United Continental Holding names Jeffery A. Smisek as chairman

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Chicago, Ill., USA - December 14, 2012, Chicago, Ill., USA - United Continental Holding announced that it has named president and CEO Jeffery A. Smisek as chairman of the board, effective December 31, 2012.

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Mr. Smisek is President and Chief Executive Officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc., the holding company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines. He is also a member of the United Continental Holdings, Inc. Board of Directors, and will become Chairman of the Board effective December 31, 2012. Previously, he was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc. Smisek joined Continental in 1995 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

In 2004, Mr. Smisek became President and was elected to the company’s board of directors. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2008 and assumed the role of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010.

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