United Airlines Announces Promotions and Leadership Changes in Network Planning and Procurement
United Airlines has promoted Ankit Gupta to SVP of Domestic Planning and United Express and Patrick Quayle to SVP International Network and Alliances. Sarah Murphy has been appointed SVP Global Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer.
On Monday (October 11, 2021), United Airlines announced promotions and leadership changes in Network Planning and Procurement. Ankit Gupta has been promoted to SVP of Domestic Planning and United Express, while Patrick Quayle has been promoted to SVP International Network and Alliances. Ankit Gupta and Patrick Quayle will both continue to report to United’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella. Sarah Murphy will now lead United’s new Global Sourcing Organization as SVP of Global Sourcing and Chief Procurement Officer. Ms. Murphy previously served as a Senior Vice President at United Express, and will now report to United’s Chief Financial Officer, Gerry Laderman.
In Monday’s announcement, United’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andrew Nocella, said,
“As we work to deliver the best customer experience in North America with a dramatic increase in premium seats, Ankit's leadership in developing the United Next vision has us poised to exceed our customers' expectations as we meet the resurgence in air travel. He has helped us execute network strategies that would ordinarily take years to develop in a matter of months. And as we play an ongoing and key role in the U.S. economic recovery, we will continue to shape our domestic network with a fleet that spans the CRJ-550 to cutting-edge mainline narrowbody aircraft.”
Ankit Gupta most recently served as United’s Vice President of Network Planning and scheduling.
Also commenting on Patrick Quayle’s promotion, Mr. Nocella, added,
“Patrick continues to be instrumental in enhancing the alliances that benefit both United and our partners by helping us reach destinations each carrier is unable to serve with its fleet alone. He led the design and interior configuration for more than 1,000 of our aircraft, including United Polaris, United Premium Plus and our high-premium Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and continues to reshape our network in the midst of a radically different demand environment, making the most of rapidly changing economic and passenger trends.”
Patrick Quayle is also a former Vice President on United’s network planning team. Navigating the airline through the pandemic, he led the airline from just 10 daily international flights in early 2020, to now becoming the largest international carrier in the U.S. United Airlines now offers the largest transatlantic, transpacific and Central American networks than any other U.S. airline.
Commenting on Sarah Murphy’s appointment, United Airlines’ Chief Financial Officer, Gerry Laderman, said,
“With Sarah's extensive operating and capital budget expertise, and her deep knowledge of our operations, she is uniquely positioned to enhance our ability to source the goods and services we need in order to transform the customer experience and change the way people think about United while protecting the company's bottom line.”
As the new leader of the airline’s Global sourcing team, Ms. Murphy will leverage her experience leading United’s financing and operating groups, while building upon the procurement team’s successful track record of driving efficiencies.
United Airlines’ shared purpose is “Connecting People. Uniting the World.” In 2019, United and United Express® carriers operated over 1.7 million flights carrying over 162 million guests. United Airlines operates the most comprehensive network among North American carriers with mainland U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL.’
Source: United Airlines/PR Newswire