Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc., pauses while speaking to members of the media after a discussion at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce aviation summit in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
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By Jennifer Calfas
April 10, 2017

PRWeek is getting backlash for naming United CEO Oscar Munoz U.S. communicator of the year.

Munoz’s company was under fire Monday for a video that showed aviation officials forcibly removing and dragging a passenger off an overbooked flight. In his statement, Munoz said he was sorry for “having to re-accommodate these passengers,” which only fueled users’ outrage. It also prompted users to point out the irony of PRWeek honoring the CEO for being a “smart, dedicated and excellent leader who understands the value of communications” just a month earlier.



Interestingly, United’s stock only went up amid the controversy.


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