Zane Rowe, executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer for United Continental (which owns United Airlines) is leaving for a “high-ranking sales position” at Apple, reports “AllThingsD” (

“We are thrilled that Zane Rowe will be joining us as one of our vice presidents of sales,” Apple spokesman Steve Dowling told “AllThingsD.” “He built a great team at United and we think he is going to do a fantastic job at Apple.”

Rowe graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in aviation business administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Daytona Beach Campus in 1991. Upon graduating, he received the Dr. John P. Eberle Award for Excellence in Business. He received his masters in business administration from San Diego State University in 1992, and he is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma National Honors Society.

During his tenure at Continental Airlines, Rowe won numerous awards. He was named one of the Top 100 Travel Industry Rising Stars by “Travel Agent Magazine” in 1999 and 2003. In 2009, he was named as one of corporate America’s outstanding financial executives under the age of 40 by “Treasury and Risk Magazine,” and he was named one of the America’s best Airline CFOs in “Institutional Investor Magazine.” In 2010, under Rowe’s leadership, Continental Airlines was winner of the Airline Strategy Award in Finance by Airline Business Magazine.