The Wall Street Journal: Jane Garvey selected as United Continental’s first female chairman

United Continental Holdings Inc. has named its first female chairman.

Jane C. Garvey, a United UAL, +1.34% board member since 2009, was selected as the new nonexecutive chairman, the U.S. airline said Thursday.

“Jane steps into this critical role bringing with her decades of experience as both a leader and pioneer in our industry,” Oscar Munoz, United’s chief executive, said in a statement.

Garvey is North America chairman of Meridiam Infrastructure Finance Sarl, a public-private-partnership development and investment firm based in Paris focused on greenfield opportunities in transportation, water and social infrastructure.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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