SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 14, 2018
UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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|233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL||60606|
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|Item 5.02||Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.|
On May 14, 2018, Andrew Levy, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (the Company), notified the Company of his intention to resign from the Company.
On May 16, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Company elected Gerald Laderman as Senior Vice President Finance and acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Mr. Laderman, age 60, has served as Senior Vice President Finance, Procurement and Treasurer of the Company since August 2016 and also served in this role from 2013 to August 2015. From August 2015 to August 2016, Mr. Laderman served as Senior Vice President Finance and acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company. From 2001 to 2010, Mr. Laderman served as senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Continental Airlines, Inc. (Continental). Mr. Laderman joined Continental in 1988 as senior director legal affairs, finance and aircraft programs. Prior to joining Continental, Mr. Laderman practiced law at the New York firm of Hughes Hubbard & Reed from 1982 to 1988. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Dartmouth College and a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School.
At this time, changes to Mr. Ladermans compensation arrangements with the Company have not been determined. The Company will file an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing such information when it has been determined.
|Item 7.01||Regulation FD Disclosure.|
On May 17, 2018, the Company issued a press release regarding Mr. Ladermans election as acting Chief Financial Officer of the Company. The press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
The information in this Item 7.01, including Exhibit 99.1, is being furnished and shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that Section and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document filed pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits.|
|99.1||Press Release issued by United Continental Holdings, Inc. dated May 17, 2018|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|UNITED CONTINENTAL HOLDINGS, INC.|
|By:||/s/ Jennifer L. Kraft|
|Name:||Jennifer L. Kraft|
|Title:||Vice President and Corporate Secretary|
Date: May 17, 2018
Worldwide Media Relations
United Airlines Announces CFO Transition
Chicago, May 17, 2018 United Airlines (UAL) today announced Gerry Laderman has been named acting chief financial officer. He succeeds Andrew Levy, who has decided to leave United. UAL will immediately begin a search for a new chief financial officer.
Laderman currently serves as senior vice president of finance, procurement and treasurer and as a member of the senior executive leadership team. He has held legal and financial positions of increasing responsibility at the company for nearly 30 years and will be responsible for continuing to execute Uniteds overall financial strategy, including cost management, capital allocation and balance sheet optimization.
I personally want to thank Andrew for his contributions to United. He leaves the company in a stronger financial position and with a clear strategy and framework in place. Our exceptional operational performance and our focus on productivity are driving improved profitability despite anticipated fuel headwinds and we remain confident in our existing financial guidance, said CEO Oscar Munoz. Gerrys deep experience and financial acumen mean that he is ideally suited to lead our finance organization during this transitional period. Gerry will work with the rest of the team to continue delivering on our financial strategy as we search for a permanent CFO.
United Airlines and United Express operate approximately 4,600 flights a day to 354 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. United is proud to have the worlds most comprehensive route network, including U.S. mainland hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark/New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. United operates 750 mainline aircraft and the airlines United Express carriers operate 545 regional aircraft. The airline is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 191 countries via 28 member airlines. For more information, visit united.com, follow @United on Twitter or connect on Facebook. The common stock of Uniteds parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.
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