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United Airlines Names Target Executive Laysha Ward to Board of Directors

United Airlines has named Laysha Ward to their Board of Directors. Ms. Ward currently serves as Target Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer.

United's Newest Board Member, Laysha Ward - Courtesy United Airlines

On Wednesday (February 23, 2021), United Airlines announced the appointment of Laysha Ward to the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Ward is currently Target Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer, and brings over three decades of corporate leadership experience to UAL’s Board.

In addition to her role at Target, Ward serves on the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Advisory Board, the Stanford Center for Longevity Advisory Council, and is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and The Links. Ms. Ward also serves on the Denny’s Corporation Board, as well as the Boards of Greater MSP, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Northside Achievement Zone.

Commenting on the new board appointment, United Airlines’ CEO, Scott Kirby, said,

“Laysha and her credentials are the right addition to our already strong board of directors at a pivotal moment for our company. United will benefit from Laysha's insight on a wide range of topics that will be essential to our success as we recover from the impact of COVID-19, including her expertise in the areas of community and stakeholder engagement, corporate responsibility and diversity, equity and inclusion.”

United Airlines’ Executive Chairman, Oscar Munoz, added,

“When we began the search for a new board member, we were focused on finding a leader with both strong business acumen and a unique perspective that will help United capitalize on our strengths as we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis. I'm eager for Laysha to get started because I know she will add value right away as we evaluate the strategic opportunities for United Airlines and its incredibly bright future.”

Also commenting on her new appointment to United’s Board, Laysha Ward said,

“At a pivotal time for the airline industry, I look forward to joining the UAL board and helping the company fulfill its purpose of connecting people and uniting the world.”

United Airlines’ shared purpose is ‘Connecting People. Uniting the World.’ Shares in the company’s parent, United Airlines Holdings, Inc., are publicly traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol ‘UAL’.

Source: United Airlines


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