United Airlines has named Maria Deacon as senior vice president of technical operations.
She will oversee the carrier’s maintenance operations, ground service equipment and facilities maintenance, supply chain, technical services, and planning and strategy.
Deacon will also shape the continued growth and investment in United’s ‘Calibrate’ apprenticeship programme.
She will report to United’s executive vice president and chief growth officer Greg Hart.
Most recently, Deacon served as GE Aerospace’s general manager of maintenance, repair and overhaul. She was responsible for delivering revenue across a mix of more than two dozen global GE and partner sites worldwide. As general manager of CFM Services at GE, she managed the financial aspects of the largest in-service fleet in commercial aviation and the joint venture relationship for all CFM and LEAP engine services. In her role as general manager of supply chain at GE, Deacon led the ramp up of critical helicopter, fighter jet engines and spare parts for US military operations among other key responsibilities.
“Our ambitious United Next growth strategy provides a remarkable opportunity to leverage Maria’s unique skillset,” said Hart. “In her nearly 25 years at GE, she established an impressive record of supply chain and operational successes, and her approach to team culture has driven exceptionally high levels of accountability and execution that drove operational excellence.”