CHICAGO, March 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) today appointed P. Douglas McKeen as senior vice president - Labor Relations. McKeen, an employment lawyer and highly regarded labor negotiator, joins United with more than 20 years of airline labor relations and human resources experience, including most recently at ASTAR Air Cargo, where he led negotiations on a pilot contract with the Air Line Pilots Association that was recently approved.
At ASTAR, McKeen led all human resources, communications and labor relations functions. Prior to joining ASTAR, McKeen held labor relations leadership roles at US Airways, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines. He also was a partner with Eclat Consulting, providing labor relations strategy and counsel to several airlines negotiating contracts with pilots, mechanics, fleet service and agent personnel.
At United, McKeen will oversee all labor relations functions and will report to Pete McDonald, executive vice president and chief operating officer. He succeeds Pete Kain, vice president - Labor Relations, who is retiring from United July 1 after 32 years.
"Pete Kain has done a tremendous job, leading labor relations and contract negotiations with our unions, including two negotiations during our restructuring. We thank him for his years of dedicated service and wish him well during his retirement," McDonald said. "Doug brings extensive legal and human resources experience to United, negotiating complex and significant labor agreements, and, importantly, forging relationships with labor leaders. We look forward to Doug's leadership and know that he will be a strong addition to our management team."
"I am pleased to be joining United and look forward to building on the work under way there," McKeen said. "United understands the importance of its people, and with two labor leaders on its board of directors and regular dialogue with union leaders, it understands the importance of effective relationships with labor leadership and its represented employees."
McKeen has a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Iowa and received his juris doctor from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn.
United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) operates more than 3,300* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 200 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 897 destinations in 160 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at united.com.
*Based on the flight schedule between Feb. 12, 2008 and Dec. 31, 2008.
Source: United Airlines