DALLAS, February 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today announced several leadership promotions throughout the Company.

Elizabeth Bryant is promoted from Vice President Southwest Airlines University (SWA U) at Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Learning and Development. This promotion is the first step in combining the efforts of the company’s human resources department and Southwest Airlines University. Together, People and SWA U are responsible for the hiring, training, development and long-term care of the people of Southwest Airlines, including key responsibility for onboarding the thousands of new employees the airline is recruiting. actively. Since joining Southwest Airlines in 1997, Bryant has held a variety of leadership positions including Leadership Development Manager, Leadership Development Director and Senior Director of Talent Development. Bryant holds an undergraduate degree in communication studies from California State University, Sacramentoand a master’s degree in voice communication from Indiana University.

Reid Grandle is promoted from vice president at Senior Vice President Strategy and Planning. In addition to continuing to oversee financial planning and analysis and corporate strategy, Grandle will also be responsible for formulating, facilitating and communicating the company’s strategic initiatives and future goals in conjunction with the management team. Grandle joined Southwest in 2014 as director of financial planning and analysis and served as vice president of corporate strategy and innovation and most recently vice president of strategy and planning. Prior to joining Southwest, Grandle was the director of At Oliver Wyman’s aviation practice, where he has advised companies on strategic, commercial and operational issues. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania.

Julia Landrum is promoted from General manager at Vice President Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A). Landrum will continue to lead the financial planning and analysis department and is responsible for ensuring that the company’s business plan and budget remain aligned with key company initiatives, assessing future trends and opportunities and to provide economic and sector analyses. She joined Southwest as a senior director of the financial planning and analysis department, supporting the sales organization. Prior to joining Southwest, Landrum served as vice president of revenue for Studio Movie Grill and held leadership positions at Home Depot, United Airlines and Ernst & Young LLP. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from duke university and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Southern Methodist University.

Matt Louis is promoted from Senior Director Revenue Management Yield at Vice President Revenue Management and Pricing. Louis enters this position as Kay Weatherford moves into an executive advisory role. Louis will oversee the department responsible for optimizing all Southwest Airlines passenger ticket revenue while supporting the carrier’s low-cost brand. During his tenure in revenue management, Louis held several leadership positions and helped drive several major initiatives to improve revenue management processes and systems. He holds a degree in finance from Texas Christian University and joined Southwest Airlines as a fixed asset accountant in the finance department in 2002.

Wally Devereaux is promoted from General manager at Vice President Cargo & Charters. Devereaux leads the Cargo and Charters team, which is dedicated to providing exceptional service and hospitality to these unique and valued Southwest Airlines customers. He joined Southwest in 1992, as a customer service agent at Dallas Love Field. Devereaux held various positions in the Ground Operations, Public Relations and Marketing departments before joining the Cargo and Charters team in 1999, where he held various positions within the department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Adam Carlisle is promoted from senior director at Vice President Labor Relations. Carlisle enters this position as Russell McCrady moves into an executive advisory role. He will be responsible for overseeing labor relations, working with the many labor organizations that support and represent South West employees. Carlisle started at Southwest in 2007 and has since held several positions in financial planning and analysis, in-flight operations and labor relations. Most recently, he held the position of Senior Director, Labor Relations and oversaw contract negotiations for several of the labor groups represented by the unions. Carlisle holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Baylor University.

Steve Christian is promoted from Senior Director of Regulatory Operations at Vice President of Strategy and Operations Implementation. This newly created role is part of the Strategy and Execution function under the leadership of Senior Vice President, Operational Strategy and Design Justin Jones. Christl will lead two fundamental strategic priorities that are part of the company’s five-year plan: modernizing operations and maintaining Southwest’s low-cost position. Captain Christl joined Southwest in 2004 as a pilot and has since held several positions in flight operations and our Network Operations Control (NOC), most recently serving as the NOC’s Senior Director of Regulatory Operations.

Justin Rucker is promoted from Senior Director of Technical Operations (Tech Ops) Planning at Vice President Technical Operations Planning and Performance. Rucker will lead strategic planning and heavy maintenance scheduling, maintenance reliability, training, contract services, aircraft appearance and economic intelligence, supporting Southwest Airlines’ fleet of 730 Boeing 737s. During his 17 years with the company, Rucker held several positions in revenue management and pricing as well as financial planning and analysis. He got his BBA from University of Texas at Austin Business specialization program with a degree in management information systems.

Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world’s most admired and awarded airlines, delivering its unique value and hospitality at 121 airports in 11 countries. Celebrates 50 yearsand Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the skies through friendly, reliable and inexpensive air travel and now carries more air travelers flying non-stop within United States than any other airline1. Situated at dallas and famous for its employee-focused corporate culture, Southwest maintains an all-time high for furloughs or involuntary dismissals in its history. By empowering its more than 55,0002 People to deliver unparalleled hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among no less than 130 million customers flown annually. This formula for success has brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 profitability for Southwest Shareholders (NYSE: LUV). Southwest continues to develop concrete steps toward an environmental sustainability goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, including offering customers the opportunity to help help Southwest offset its carbon emissions. For more information, please visit Learn more about about how Southwest Airlines leverages a unique heritage and mission to serve communities around the world.

1) Most recent U.S. Department of Transportation report of domestic passengers embarked
2) fulltime-Equivalent active employees
3) Annual profitability 1972-2019

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