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Southwest Airlines names Nealon as president
January 10, 2017 / 10:41 PM / 9 months ago

Southwest Airlines names Nealon as president

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)

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