Scott Kirby


Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kirby is chief executive officer of United Airlines. He served as the company’s president from 2016 to 2020 and was responsible for United’s operations, marketing, sales, alliances, network planning and revenue management. As president, he played a pivotal role in enabling United’s cultural transformation and executing the Company’s strategic growth plan. Prior to joining United, Mr. Kirby was president of American Airlines from 2013 to 2016 and president of US Airways from 2006 to 2013. He is a well-known industry veteran, with a broad and accomplished three-decade-long career in significant leadership roles within the airline industry. Mr. Kirby started his career at the Pentagon and in the technology sector. Mr. Kirby has bachelor’s degrees in computer science and operations research from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a Master of Science in operations research from George Washington University. He is married and has six children.

Sessions With Scott Kirby

Monday, 1 March

  • 11:15am - 11:45am (CST) / 01/mar/2021 05:15 pm - 01/mar/2021 05:45 pm


    New Strategies for the New Era

    Panel Markets/Economics/Strategy Geopolitics/Policy/Regulatory Energy Transition/Climate & Sustainability
    Meeting the ambitious goals of international climate agreements will require new strategies and innovative partnerships. Business models are being reimagined, new markets penetrated, new alliances formed with nontraditional partners. What are the opportunities for cross-industry collaboration? What are the pathways to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors such as air travel? How are global companies balancing the climate agenda and responding to growing market demands?