A Hispanic entrepreneur with humble beginnings has taken the helm as CEO of United Airlines after the head of the airline company was forced to resign on Tuesday.
Oscar Muñoz, a railroad executive and head of United’s audit committee, is a trailblazing executive who has twice been named as “100 Most Influential Hispanics” by Hispanic Business magazine.
The California native is the oldest of nine children and has said that he pushed for all siblings to attend and graduate college. Muñoz graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and he received a master’s in business administration from Pepperdine University.
“I am a first-generation college graduate, and I’m proud to say that most of my other siblings have college degrees as well,” he told the Hispanic Executive in 2012. “Our parents taught us to work hard and never forget our …