Oscar Munoz is recovering well from his heart transplant, saying that he is feeling strong. The chief executive of the United Continental Holdings spent nine days in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, after he underwent a heart transplant surgery. He was released from the hospital and he is going to stay in his home in Chicago for the time being. On Friday, Munoz stated that he was feeling great and that he will be shortly back to work.
According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, in 2017, 2,331 heart transplant surgeries were done in the United States. The doctors who were involved in the surgery of Munoz declared that the surgery went very well and that the patient is recovering faster than was expected.
In October, only six weeks after getting the chief executive position at the third biggest carrier by traffic company, Munoz had a heart attack. Even though Munoz was expected to return to work earlier, the surprise heart transplant surgery extended his medical leave. Until his return, Brett Hart who was the former general counsel will replace him as the CEO of the company.
On Friday, Munoz sent an employee letter accompanied by a photo in which Munoz can be seen with two of his medical team members. The investors were concerned on whether he will return to work or not, but maybe the picture showing Munoz smiling widely with the transplant doctors will put their concerns at ease. In the letter, Munoz also said that he had a fast recovery until now and that the doctors predict that things will go as smoothly from now as well. He didn’t forget about his job’s responsibilities either, as he said that he looks forward to participating in meetings and strategies again. The CEO also said that he has a new strategy in mind in order to make a better airline for the customers and a better workplace for the employees.
In his absence, the strategy he planned in order to boost the morale of the employees and the satisfaction of the customers will be put in action. In the recent months, United has tried to erase the concerns that the company is not doing as well because of the absence of Munoz. Last week, United stated that they expect Munoz to be back at work this spring. As Oscar Munoz is recovering well from his heart transplant, it is highly possible that he will take back the CEO position in a few months.
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