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Airline CEO to leave company after allegations of sexual harassment

The CEO of a leading U.S. carrier is resigning after a series of allegations of harassment against him, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Airline CEO Ed Whitacre announced on Tuesday he was stepping down, according a statement from the company.

He did not give any reasons for his departure.

A person familiar a company that operates in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, where Air Canada operates, said the allegations against Whitacre were the result of an ongoing investigation.

Whitacre has faced criticism for a string of missteps, including failing to provide enough advance notice of an overhaul that cost $5 billion and for having a “benevolent” attitude toward the airline industry.

Whitac is the third chief executive to resign since 2015 amid accusations of sexual misconduct.

The latest departure came just a day after a federal judge ordered a second investigation into allegations of the airline’s sexual harassment and discrimination against workers.