Skip to content
Home » Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly to Step Down in February

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly to Step Down in February

  • by


Gary Kelly has served as Southwest Airlines CEO since 2004.


nicholas kamm/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

Gary Kelly,

the longtime chairman and chief executive of

Southwest Airlines Co.

LUV -0.75%

, will step down as CEO early next year and will be succeeded by

Robert Jordan,

the airline’s executive vice president of corporate services.

Mr. Jordan, a 60-year-old Southwest executive, has been with the company since 1988. Mr. Kelly, who has served as CEO since 2004, will become the airline’s executive chairman. He plans to serve in that role until at least 2026 at the discretion of the company’s board, the airline said.

Robert Jordan, executive vice president of corporate services, has been with the company since 1988.


Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

During a career at the company that has spanned several job titles, Mr. Jordan has overseen Southwest’s acquisition of AirTran Airways, the development of a new e-commerce platform for Southwest’s website and the company’s Rapid Rewards loyalty program, the airline said.

Mr. Jordan will take the helm as Southwest and other airlines chart a recovery from the lows of the Covid-19 pandemic. Air travel plummeted last year as lockdowns and fears of the coronavirus kept tourists and business travelers at home. Travel has begun rebounding in recent months amid the U.S.’s vaccination campaign.

Domestic and leisure travel—focus areas for Southwest—have recovered faster than business and international trips.

Southwest Airlines shares declined about 0.9% in early trading on Wednesday. They are about 19% higher on the year so far.

Write to Matt Grossman at [email protected]

Copyright ©2020 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8


Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *