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Biography PhotoJeffery (Jeff) A. Smisek
Chairman of the Board,
President and Chief Executive Officer
United Airlines

Jeff Smisek is chairman, president and chief executive officer of United Airlines. United and its United Express regional partner airlines operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to more than 360 airports across six continents.

Prior to this role, Jeff was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Continental Airlines, Inc., which merged with United Airlines in 2010. Jeff joined Continental in 1995.

Jeff graduated from Princeton University, A.B. summa cum laude in economics, in 1976, and Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, in 1982. He is married and has two children, and is a longtime supporter of numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Jeff serves on the board of directors of National Oilwell Varco, Inc. and the board of trustees of Rice University. In addition, he serves on the board of governors of the International Air Transport Association and is chairman of the board of Airlines for America, the trade organization for major U.S. passenger and cargo air carriers.

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