Industry icon and United Airlines SVP for worldwide sales Dave Hilfman will retire from the carrier at year-end.

Hilfman was senior vice president of worldwide sales for Continental Airlines from 2004 to 2010. He started his career in 1981 as a campus sales representative for Eastern Airlines at the University of South Florida.

Listen to a recording of our live teleconference interview with Hilfman after his announcement.

He joined Continental in 1986 and ultimately played a big part in the carrier’s resurrection under Gordon Bethune.

He informed his sales team this week about his departure, citing personal reasons.


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