Jeff Smisek

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Jeff Smisek
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Born 1954 (age 59–60)
Alma mater Princeton University, (B.A.)
Harvard Law School, (J.D.)
Occupation Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Airlines
Spouse(s) Diana Strassmann[1]

Jeff Smisek is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of United Airlines. United and its United Express regional partner airlines operate nearly 5,500 flights a day to more than 370 airports across six continents.

Prior to this role, Smisek was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines, Inc., which merged with United Airlines in 2010. Smisek joined Continental in 1995 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel. In 2004, he became President and was elected to the company’s board of directors. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2008.

Smisek 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 long-time supporter of numerous charitable and civic organizations.

Smisek serves on the board of directors for National Oilwell Varco, Inc. In addition, he is on the Baker Institute Board of Advisers and the Board of Trustees of Rice University. He is also Vice Chairman of the Board of Airlines for America.

He was named Aviation Week’s Person of the Year for 2010.


  1. ^ Gregory, Karp. "United Continental's CEO has a daunting challenge before him". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 

Preceded by
Glenn Tilton
CEO of United Airlines
2010 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Larry Kellner
CEO of Continental Airlines
2010 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent; merged with United Airlines