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United Airlines Just Named Alpha Phi Alpha Brother Brett J. Hart As Its New Acting CEO

United Continental Holdings Inc. has stated that Chief Executive Oscar Munoz is on medical leave indefinitely following a heart attack last week, and it has now named the company’s general counsel, Alpha Phi Alpha brother Brett J. Hart as acting CEO.

“Mr. Hart, 46 years old, joined United in 2010 after six years at packaged-food maker Sara Lee, where he rose to become general counsel,” the Wall Street Journal states. “He had experience there with the challenge of dealing with a top executive’s illness. In May 2010, Sara Lee said CEO Brenda Barnes was taking a temporary medical leave—without providing details about its likely duration or underlying cause. Some shareholders complained about the thin disclosure. Nearly a month later, the food maker announced Ms. Barnes had suffered a stroke. She soon stepped down. Before joining Sara Lee, Mr. Hart worked at Chicago law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, now part of Dentons, and before that as a special assistant to the general counsel of the U.S. Treasury.”

“Hart joined Alpha Phi Alpha in 1989 as a member of the Nisus pledge class at Epsilon Chapter at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, under the leadership of Dean Ron Estill. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and English before earning a law degree at the University of Chicago,” Alpha Phi Alpha’s journal The Sphinx states.

Congratulations to Bro. Hart on his new responsibilities. We at are sure that this Alpha Man will get the job done!

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