United Continental CEO Munoz returns after medical leave

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Columbus CEO

United Continental says its President and CEO Oscar Munoz will return to his roles at the airline full-time later this month.

Munoz took medical leave after suffering a heart attack in October, just six weeks after replacing Jeff Smisek as CEO. He then had a heart transplant in January.

General Counsel Brett Hart took over as interim CEO but Munoz began easing back into work recently. The airline said Sunday that Munoz has already been participating actively in all major corporate decisions and meeting frequently with employees, shareholders, and other stakeholders during his recovery. He will return to his duties on a full-time basis March 14.

Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. is the nation's third-biggest airline by traffic, trailing American and Delta.