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Obama press secretary Josh Earnest named United Airlines spokesman

Posted May 4, 2018 9:54 a.m. EDT

— Former White House press secretary Josh Earnest has landed a new job -- the chief spokesperson for United Airlines.

"United Airlines is an iconic, global brand with a long history -- but it's United's bright future that makes me enthusiastic about joining the team," Earnest said in a news release Thursday.

Earnest served in the White House under President Barack Obama for eight years, first as deputy press secretary before taking over for Jay Carney as press secretary in 2014.

He'll take over United's communications department after several widely publicized PR nightmares for the Chicago-based airline. United came under fire last year after security officers dragged off a passenger from an overbooked flight, and it's lately faced scrutiny after mishandling several pets.

United CEO Oscar Munoz said in a statement that Earnest has "has thrived when the stakes are the highest -- and the margin for error is the smallest."

"He'll play a crucial role on our leadership team as we position our brand and this company for success," Munoz said.

Earnest's first day as United's chief spokesman is May 21.