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United names O’Hare chief

Cindy Szadokierski has been named to the newly created position of vice president of O’Hare operations by UAL Corporation .Ajay Singh will replace Szadokierski as vice president of
Corporate Real Estate.
  “O’Hare is our largest operation, our hometown hub and the critical link
in our ability to operate our entire system efficiently,” says Pete McDonald,
executive vice president and chief operating officer.  “Because execution at
O’Hare is so important, we are making every effort to improve our performance.
By placing Cindy in the top job at O’Hare and elevating it to a senior
leadership position, we believe we have a strong leader at the right level in
the company to drive decisions and make the changes necessary to improve our
service to customers.”
  Szadokierski has been with United since 1985 and most recently served as
the vice president of Corporate Real Estate.  She has worked across the
company, holding a variety of positions in reservations, airport operations,
sales, human resources and United Express.  In her most recent operational
positions, she served as managing director of United Express and Dulles
general manager, leading the transition of United Express operations from
Atlantic Coast Airlines to a number of new partner regional carriers.
  “Cindy has led very complex operational projects for United and has
demonstrated excellent results,” says Larry De Shon, senior vice president,
Airport Operation.  “She gets things done and done well - every time - and I
have every confidence that she will make the same impact at O’Hare.”
  Ajay Singh will report to Jake Brace, executive vice president and chief
financial officer.  Singh has been with United for 12 years and most recently
served as managing director of United’s business transformation office,
working on the company’s business improvement initiatives.
  “Ajay has been involved for a number of years in projects to improve our
utilization of resources across the company, which made him a natural choice
for the corporate real estate position,” says Jake Brace, executive vice
president and chief financial officer.  “He will bring his expertise in
technology, operations and process improvement to a whole slate of high-
profile projects to improve and consolidate our facilities around the world.”
  Dan London, current general manager of O’Hare, will return to United’s
world headquarters in Chicago to serve as director of International Properties
and Facilities.
  “Dan has overseen major changes at O’Hare in the last couple years,” De
Shon says.  “He has led the airport through increases in productivity, the
outsourcing of cabin cleaning and other work, the insourcing of United Express
and much more.  Dan will bring years of airport experience to his new job and
we’re happy to have him on board.”