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United Names Kathryn Mikells Vice President - Investor Relations; Robert Sahadevan Named to Lead Mileage Plus

( United Names Kathryn Mikells Vice President - Investor Relations; Robert Sahadevan Named to Lead Mileage Plus
CHICAGO, July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — UAL Corporation (NASDAQ:UAUA) , the holding company whose primary subsidiary is United Airlines, today announced that Kathryn Mikells has been named vice president — Investor Relations, and Robert Sahadevan has been named managing director — Mileage Plus.
In her new role, Mikells will leverage her financial experience with the company to continue to build the investor relations function, representing United to the business and financial analyst community, and working closely with investors.
Mikells joined United in 1994, and successfully held several vice president and other leadership positions in finance and corporate real estate. Most recently, she served as vice president-Financial Planning and Analysis, where she was responsible for business development and overseeing the company's operating and capital budgets. Prior to that, she was vice president and treasurer for United, where she oversaw corporate finance, risk management, cash management, insurance and corporate tax. She also played a pivotal role in United's restructuring, managing aircraft negotiations and financing issues. She also previously served as the chief financial officer of Mileage Plus.
“Kathryn brings significant financial experience — from corporate financial planning and analysis to her work during our restructuring and her CFO experience with Mileage Plus — which will serve her well in this important position as she continues to build United's relationship with our investors," said Glenn Tilton, United president, chairman and CEO.
In her new role, Mikells will report jointly to Jake Brace, executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Rosemary Moore, senior vice president — Corporate and Government Affairs.
A replacement for Mikells was not immediately named.
The company also named Robert Sahadevan to lead Mileage Plus, the unit which is responsible for the company's frequent flyer program and associated marketing. In this new role, Sahadevan will have overall profit and loss responsibility for the organization, which is an $800 million business, with 45 million enrolled members. Sahadevan most recently served as managing director-Investor Relations, where he was responsible for managing United's relationships with financial analysts and investors, and recreating the investor relations function as the company exited restructuring and re-listed its equity.
Sahadevan, who joined United in 1997, previously served as senior vice president of Mileage Plus(R) for UAL Loyalty Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of UAL Corporation. There, he led the team responsible for member direct marketing, member communications, program partner acquisition and development.
“Robert established investor relations at United post-restructuring, and has built strong relationships with our analysts and investors. He also brings significant financial and marketing expertise to the new role," said Tilton. “We look forward to his stewardship of the organization, working with our customers and our partners to continue to deliver the industry's best loyalty program."
Sahadevan will report to Dennis Cary, senior vice president — Marketing.
“We are pleased to be appointing such high-potential leaders to these critical positions," Tilton said. “As multiple opportunities for value creation evolve across the company, having Kathryn and Robert in these key roles will benefit our customers and our shareholders."
About United
United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAUA) operates more than 3,600* flights a day on United, United Express and Ted to more than 210 U.S. domestic and international destinations from its hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago and Washington, D.C. With key global air rights in the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and Latin America, United is one of the largest international carriers based in the United States. United also is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides connections for our customers to 855 destinations in 155 countries worldwide. United's 55,000 employees reside in every U.S. state and in many countries around the world. News releases and other information about United can be found at the company's Web site at
*Based on the flight schedule between Jan. 1, 2007 and Dec. 31, 2007.
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Source: UAL Corporation CONTACT: Worldwide Press Office of UAL Corporation: +1-312-997-8640

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