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United Airlines Announces Two Key Leadership Promotions

United Airlines has announced two key promotions in its executive team. Josh Earnest and Terri Fariello, who have been at the forefront of United’s strategic decisions, have been promoted to Executive Vice Presidents.

Meet the New Leaders at United

Josh Earnest Executive Vice President of Communications and Advertising at United Airlines.
Josh Earnest

Josh Earnest is the new Executive Vice President of Communications and Advertising. Since joining United in 2018, Earnest has displayed exemplary leadership in molding the airline’s communication and advertising strategies. Before United, he brought his rich experience from politics and government, including his tenure as the White House Press Secretary between 2014 and 2017. Under his leadership, United’s brand presence has witnessed a remarkable uplift, with the airline being recognized by renowned platforms like Time, Fast Company, and Fortune. One of his groundbreaking campaigns for United was “Good Leads The Way,” which resonated with the airline’s ethos of customer service, diversity, and sustainability.

Terri Fariello Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Public Policy at United Airlines.
Terri Fariello

Terri Fariello takes the helm as the Executive Vice President of Government Affairs and Global Public Policy. Fabriello has been a beacon of guidance in the complex government relations landscape. Stationed in Washington, D.C., she has been the face of United’s interactions with various Presidential Administrations. Before her time at United, Terri had a commendable 16-year stint at Exxon Mobil. As a visionary, she has steered United towards sustainable goals, aiming to be 100% green by 2050.

United’s Leadership Comments on the Promotions

Both promotions underscore the airline’s belief in a robust leadership framework. Scott Kirby, the CEO of United, lauded the new leaders. “Over the last few years, United has enjoyed a significant competitive advantage by having our policy and communications leaders at the table for every major decision we’ve made, especially during the extraordinary disruption caused by the pandemic,” Kirby said. “That structure only worked because Josh and Terri are professionals at the top of their game. Their counsel and strategic insight will continue to be essential as we implement our ambitious United Next plans.”

“Josh and Terri are an integral part of our Executive Team. They have helped enable every major action we’ve taken as an airline these past few years,” said Brett Hart, President of United. “They have each transformed and elevated the work of their teams, and I know their strategic counsel will continue to make essential contributions to our success.

Achievements and Community Involvements

These leaders have made a mark beyond United. Apart from his stellar professional journey, Josh is also a part of various boards, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute.

Terri, a recognized figure in government relations, is known for her active participation in the Washington, D.C. community. She’s associated with boards of esteemed organizations like the Economic Club of Washington and the Humane Rescue Alliance.

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