United Airlines Names Josh Earnest Chief Communications Officer

United Airlines has announced the appointment of Josh Earnest as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. Earnest brings to the company more than two decades of strategic communications expertise from the highest levels of politics and government, including as White House Press Secretary.

Most recently, Earnest has been a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, making appearances on the network's leading news programs including the Today Show, Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News. Prior to that, Earnest served for eight years in the Obama White House, first as Deputy Press Secretary before being promoted to White House Press Secretary in 2014.

Earnest received his degree in political science and policy studies from Rice University. His first day at United will be Monday, May 21.