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After heart transplant, United Continental CEO Oscar Muñoz returns to work

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by United Airlines, company President and CEO Oscar Munoz poses for a photo. United Continental says Munoz will return to his roles full time later in March 2016. Munoz took medical leave after suffering a heart attack in October 2015, just six weeks after replacing Jim Smisek as CEO. He then had a heart transplant in January. (Wayne Slezak/United Airlines via AP, File)

FILE - In this undated file photo provided by United Airlines, company President and CEO Oscar Munoz poses for a photo. United Continental says Munoz will return to his roles full time later in March 2016. Munoz took medical leave after suffering a heart attack in October 2015, just six weeks after replacing Jim Smisek as CEO. He then had a heart transplant in January. (Wayne Slezak/United Airlines via AP, File)

United Continental says its President and CEO Oscar Munoz will return to his roles at the airline full-time later this month.

Munoz took medical leave after suffering a heart attack in October, just six weeks after replacing Jeff Smisek, who was forced to resign, as CEO. He then had a heart transplant in January.

General Counsel Brett Hart took over as interim CEO but Munoz began easing back into work recently. The airline said Sunday that Munoz has already been participating actively in all major corporate decisions and meeting frequently with employees, shareholders, and other stakeholders during his recovery. He will return to his duties on a full-time basis March 14.

Chicago-based United Continental Holdings Inc. is the nation's third-biggest airline by traffic, trailing American and Delta.

Before taking the helm at United Continental, Muñoz served as president and chief operating officer of CSX Corp. He joined the United Continental board in 2010. He has worked also worked at AT&T, Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, where he told Hispanic Executive that he "engineered successful turnarounds. He has also been involved in a number of philanthropic organizations, including the the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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