Dave Hilfman Announces Plans To Retire

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.


Author: David Jonas

David Jonas in 2006 co-founded business media firm ProMedia.travel after ten years as a journalist with Business Travel News. David rejoined BTN in 2010 as executive editor when its parent company acquired ProMedia, and in 2014 co-created The Company Dime. David has a bachelor's degree in communications from Cornell University.


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Guessing that most people who subscribed to The Company Dime have encountered Dave in one way or another and I would think that the consensus is the same, which is that he is a gifted personality and has made an individual impact that resonates with those he has touched. Importantly, he has been a terrific ambassador for United Airlines, and a person who has earned genuine respect.

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We love you Dave! Good for you!!!