Former Continental CEO Gordon Bethune said he is no longer needed at United Continental after the airline added two new directors to its board Wednesday.
United added former Orbitz CEO Barney Harford and Ed Shapiro, a partner at PAR Capital Management, to its board as part of a settlement with activist investors PAR and Altimeter Capital Management. Robert Milton, former president and CEO of Air Canada, was also named non-executive chairman of the board.
Bethune told CNBC's "Power Lunch" that he thinks very highly of the men United added and that they bring exactly the kind of skill and knowledge of the industry he wanted.
"So, you've got two really highly experienced airline employees ... Some people with some real expertise, the ex-CEO of Orbitz. You've got this knowledgeable board with a good CEO. I think you'll see a lot of good come out of it," he said.