United Continental Holdings Inc.’s top executive is forgoing a bonus for last year and its chairman is stepping aside.
Chief Executive Officer Oscar Munoz asked the board not to award him the payout for 2017, the airline said in a regulatory filing Monday. The announcement came a year after United sparked a public-relations fiasco by dragging a passenger from a plane. The carrier’s image took another hit this year when a dog died in its care.
“I felt it was important to send a message about the culture of accountability and integrity that we are building here as a United team,” Munoz said in a letter to employees about the compensation decision. “We had some incredible successes in 2017 but also some setbacks.”
United’s chairman, former Air Canada CEO Robert Milton, won’t stand for re-election to the board so he can focus on other interests. Director Laurence Simmons, who joined United’s board in 2010, also plans to leave.
The board plans to select a new independent chairman to succeed Milton. Last year, after the dragging incident, United’s directors reversed a previous plan to name Munoz as head of the oversight council.
Milton joined the board in March 2016 and became non-executive chairman the following month as United resolved a proxy fight begun by two activist shareholders, Altimeter Capital Management and PAR Capital Management.
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