Tony Cervone to leave United

CHICAGO: United SVP and CCO Tony Cervone confirmed that he will leave the company upon close of the Continental-United merger, slated for early October.

CHICAGO: United SVP and CCO Tony Cervone confirmed that he will leave the company upon close of the Continental-United merger, slated for early October.

The news follows a July announcement that Nene Foxhall, who oversees communications and government affairs at Continental, will do so for the joint airline once the process is complete.

Cervone, who joined the airline almost two years ago, said he will continue to work on communications surrounding pre-close integration planning as well as non-merger related, day-to-day operations.

"I'll stay as involved as Nene wants me to to help the transition," he said.

"Mergers oftentimes have these situations where you have dual people with similar roles," he added. "It wasn't unexpected from my perspective. It has nothing to do with concern for the future or ill will toward me." 

Post-completion, he said he plans to take time off and spend much of it with his family in Detroit. He will remain active in the communications industry as a member of the Arthur Page Society and a trustee at the Institute for PR.

When asked what the future looks like, he said, "I believe that a little time off is probably the healthiest thing I can do, physically and in terms of and making the best choice [for the next step]." 

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