Josh Earnest

SVP, Chief Communications Officer at United Airlines


Josh Earnest is senior vice president and chief communications officer for United Airlines. He is responsible for developing the company's global communications strategy, leading a world-class team to execute it, working closely with the company's leadership to shape the airline's public image and serving as the company's chief spokesman. He brings to this role two decades of strategic communications expertise from the highest levels of politics and government, including as White House Press Secretary.

Before joining United, Josh worked as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, making appearances on the network's leading news programs including the Today Show, Meet the Press and NBC Nightly News. Prior to that, Josh served for eight years in the Obama White House, first as deputy press secretary before being promoted to White House Press Secretary in 2014.

In addition to his work in front of the cameras, Josh played a leading role behind the scenes to develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence to drive the Administration's agenda.

His two-decade career in politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest states and most competitive races in the country, including four presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and Mike Bloomberg's first campaign for Mayor of New York.

Josh received his degree in political science and policy studies from Rice University. He is married and has two children.


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