United Airlines Holdings announced that Matthew Friend, executive vice president and CFO of Nike Inc., will join its board of directors. According to an announcement, he brings more than two decades of corporate finance and strategy experience to the airline’s board. Scott Kirby, CEO of United, said that as the company emerges from the pandemic and stands ready to accelerate its business, “United will benefit greatly from Matt's deep financial acumen and stewardship of one of the leading consumer brands on the planet.” Ted Philip, chairman of the board, said that as the world reopens and travel demand continues to surge back, the United board “will benefit from Matt's extensive global finance, strategy and business planning skills to help guide the airline as it charts a successful future." Friend said that “United has shown real leadership over the past 18 months and has worked to redefine itself in the eyes of its employees, customers and the communities it serves.” Friend was named EVP and CFO of Nike Inc. in March 2020. Since then, according to the announcement, he has helped steer Nike through a significant business transformation. Previously, Friend held the roles of CFO for Nike Operating Segments and vice president of investor relations. He has also served as CFO of Nike brand, global brands and functions; and as vice president of corporate strategy and development. Friend began his career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.