United CEO will not add chairman title as planned

Lawyers for the passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight to make way for crew have filed an emergency court request for the airline to "preserve and protect" evidence.

"United's management and the Board take recent events extremely seriously, and are in the process of developing targeted compensation program design adjustments to ensure that employees' incentive opportunities for 2017 are directly and meaningfully tied to progress in improving the customer experience", the filing said.

"The Board believes that separating the roles of chief executive officer and chairman of the board is the most appropriate structure at this time", the company said in a securities filing published on Friday. The 69-year-old David Dao was one of the passengers and he was injured and taken to hospital after he was dragged away by police. It sparked calls for a boycott and even parody adverts from rival companies.

United also said Friday that Munoz received $18.7 million in compensation a year ago.

Mr Munoz was forced to apologise and promised a "thorough" review of what had happened.

Per an agreement between Munoz and the board reached in April 2016, following a proxy fight over the board's makeup, Munoz was slated to become chairman in 2018.

The US Senate Commerce Committee has since asked for information on its overbooking policies and specifically about the incident involving Dr Dao. Munoz, who was blasted for his initial response to the incident, has said he will not resign.

Last month, the airline was also criticized on social media and trolled by other airlines after a United gate agent in Denver told young girls they would have to change or cover up their leggings before being allowed to board a plane.

Munoz now serves on the company board and was slated to chair it in 2018. His compensation was more than three times the $5.8 million he received in 2015, the filing showed. United Continental Holdings Inc's top executive, who has struggled to tamp down a public-relations fiasco over a roughed-up passenger, earned US$18.7 million (RM82.2 million) in 2016 as he collected a multimillion-dollar signing award. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

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