It is only five weeks since Mr. Smisek was fired and replaced by a long time board member Mr. Munoz.
US news media has been reporting today that Mr. Munoz had suffered a heart attack on Thursday and would be recovering at a Chicago area hospital.
You can read more about this development on CNBC’s website here of which below is an excerpt:
United Continental Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz had a heart attack on Thursday and is currently in a Chicago hospital, Dow Jones reported Friday.
The report, citing a person familiar with the matter, said the company’s directors were waiting to hear about the severity of the attack. Depending on that information, they would decide whether United would need an interim chief, according to Dow Jones.
“We have been informed by Oscar’s family that he was admitted to the hospital on Thursday and we will provide further details as appropriate. In the meantime, we are continuing to operate normally,” United said in a Friday afternoon release. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we are respecting their privacy.”
We all wish Mr. Munoz speedy recovery. It is not easy times at United trying to fix the mess left behind by the former CEO.