Jan 10 (Reuters) - Southwest Airlines Co the No. 4 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, on Tuesday appointed Thomas Nealon as president.
Nealon, most recently the company's executive vice president of strategy & innovation, will now be responsible for departments such as finance and corporate delivery, Southwest said.
The company also named 23-year Southwest veteran Michael Van de Ven as chief operating officer.
Chief Executive Gary Kelly, 61, said the changes are a part of the company's ongoing succession planning process.
Both Nealon and Van de Ven will report to Kelly and their appointments are effective immediately. (Reporting by Aishwarya Venugopal in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)