Senior vice president, general counsel and secretary, United Airlines Founded in 1926 as Boeing Air Transport, United Airlines is one of the largest international carriers based in the US, operating thousands of domestic and international routes daily from its hubs in Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, DC. February 2006 marked an important milestone for the company, which emerged from chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, in the longest and largest airline bankruptcy case in history (filed on 9 December 2002 in the aftermath of losses incurred following the September 11 terrorist attacks). It has a fleet of 460 aircraft, with global air rights in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and director of legal, Brunswick Swiss immigrant John Brunswick began manufacturing billiard tables in 1845. Today, the company that bears his name retains its core billiard table division, but has achieved wider recognition in the prestige leisure products market. Technological innovations have played a large part in the success of the business: Brunswick is responsible for the first mineralite bowling ball, marketed in 1906, and the development of the revolutionary Brunswick Automatic Pinsetting device in 1956. Since then, Brunswick has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pleasure boats, marine engines, GPS and navigation technology, and bowling and fitness equipment. It is a Fortune 500 company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois.
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