Southwest ceo gary kelly to step down ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Within the airline's 50-yr history, it has by no means had a single layoff or furlough — even in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.


Southwest airways ceo gary kelly, sixty six, will step down from his role and "transition roles" to emerge as government chairman, the agency introduced wednesday.

Robert jordan, southwest's govt vice president for corporate services will become the next ceo, starting feb. 1 next yr. He joined the airline in 1988 and served several key roles.

"bob and i have worked facet with the aid of facet for greater than 30 years," kelly said in a press launch. "he's a talented and skilled government and well organized to take on this critical function."

Kelly has served as southwest ceo given that 2004, overseeing the airline's first global routes, the acquisition of airtran airlines and bringing the boeing 737 max into its fleet.

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Within the airline's 50-yr records, it has by no means had a unmarried layoff or furlough — even at some stage in the coronavirus pandemic. Maximum these days, incoming ceo jordan was in fee of the corporation's voluntary go away and early separation programs, which have been "instrumental in warding off layoffs and furlough moves," the company said on wednesday.

"i am humbled, commemorated, and excited to be asked to function the subsequent ceo," jordan stated. "the heart of southwest is our humans; they make the distinction for our customers, and i look forward to serving them."

Kelly has served as Southwest CEO since 2004, overseeing the airline's first international routes, the acquisition of AirTran Airways and bringing the Boeing 737 Max into its fleet.

Some used vehicles now cost more than original sticker price"Bob and I have worked side by side for more than 30 years," Kelly said in a press release. "He is a gifted and experienced executive and well prepared to take on this important role."

In the airline's 50-year history, it has never had a single layoff or furlough — even during the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, incoming CEO Jordan was in charge of the company's voluntary leave and early separation programs, which were "instrumental in avoiding layoffs and furlough actions," the company said on Wednesday.