Southwest Airlines Pays Tribute to Gary Kelly As He Departs from CEO Role

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LONDON – Southwest Airlines has taken to social media to say thank you to Gary Kelly as he departs from his role as CEO after today.

Kelly has been the CEO since 2004 and has amassed a lot of the airline’s successes over the last 17 years in particular.

From tomorrow, Robert Jordan will replace Kelly as CEO and will take the reigns in managing the airline out of the pandemic.

Back in June 2021, Kelly said the following on his retirement:

“On behalf of the Southwest Airlines Board of Directors, I am delighted to announce Bob Jordan as CEO”.

“Bob and I have worked side by side for more than 30 years. He is a gifted and experienced executive and well-prepared to take on this important role.”

“Working closely with President Tom Nealon and Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, we will begin developing transition plans in the coming weeks and months. These three top-notch Leaders make for a powerful team to lead us forward.”

Kelly will leave a mark just like Herb Kelleher did as his tenure will not be forgotten by the airline, especially with the exceptional pre-pandemic growth the airline had and still has the potential to do so going into the future. All eyes are now on Robert Jordan.

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