PRNewswire-FirstCall CHICAGO Nov. 11 :
UAL Corporation (BULLETIN BOARD: UALAQ) , the parent of United Airlines,
today announced that Marian Durkin, deputy general counsel, is being
promoted to vice president, deputy general counsel and assistant corporate
secretary, and Kathryn Mikells, director of corporate planning, is being
promoted to vice president of corporate real estate. Additionally, United
announced that Michael Whitaker, vice president - international and
regulatory affairs, will assume responsibilities for United`s worldwide
“United now has an even stronger executive team in place that shares the
same focus—running a great airline,” said Glenn Tilton, United
chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Marian, Kathryn and Mike
add to our depth of experience in strategic areas that impact our business
and ultimately improve how we serve our customers.”
In her expanded role, Durkin will oversee the day-to-day administration of
United`s legal department. Durkin was named deputy general counsel in June
2003, with responsibility for corporate finance, aircraft purchasing and
sales, securities law, purchasing, international and employee benefits,
among other responsibilities. Durkin joined United in 1995 as senior
counsel where she provided counsel for the employee stock ownership plan
and all other company-sponsored employee benefit programs. Prior to
joining United, Durkin was with Briggs and Morgan, a Minneapolis law firm.
She received her J.D. degree and LL.M degree in taxation from the William
Mitchell College of Law. She will report to Paul Lovejoy, senior vice
president, general counsel and corporate secretary.
In her new role, Mikells will have responsibility for planning,
engineering and construction of all of United`s domestic and international
airport and off-airport facilities. She assumes responsibilities for
corporate real estate from United Vice President Amos Kazzaz, who was
temporarily overseeing that area until the position was filled
permanently. Kazzaz maintains responsibilities for financial planning and
analysis, and the company`s business transformation initiatives. Mikells
plays a lead role in coordinating United`s Chapter 11 case, ensuring that
the company is well positioned to exit bankruptcy in the first half of
She joined United in 1994 as a financial analyst and has held a variety of
positions including chief financial officer for Mileage Plus, director of
financial analysis and manager of operating budgets. Prior to joining
United, Mikells spent six years in the financial services sector,
including positions at GE Capital`s Corporate Finance Group, Household
International and Canadian Imperial Bank. She has a master`s of business
administration from the University of Chicago and will report to Jake
Brace, United`s chief financial officer.
In his expanded role, Whitaker will take on responsibility for all U.S.
and international airline alliance relationships, including expanding
United`s network around the globe and deepening relationships with
United`s alliance partners. Whitaker also maintains responsibility for
working with U.S. and foreign governments and regulatory authorities in
support of the company`s expanding global route network. Whitaker joined
United in 1994 as senior counsel - international and regulatory affairs.
Prior to that, he served as assistant general counsel - regulatory and
international affairs for Trans World Airlines. He holds a J.D. degree
from Georgetown University Law School. Whitaker will report to both
Rosemary Moore, senior vice president of corporate and government affairs,
and Graham Atkinson, senior vice president - worldwide sales and alliances.
United and United Express operate more than 3,300 flights a day on a route
network that spans the globe. News releases and other information about
United can be found at the company`s web site at http://www.united.com/ .