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Southwest Airlines announces leadership promotions


Southwest Airlines Co. today announced several Leadership promotions. These changes are effective immediately.

Southwest has promoted Marilyn Post to Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In her new role as Managing Director, Deputy General Counsel, Post will report to Executive Vice President, Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer Mark Shaw and continue to lead the General Counsel Department’s Corporate and Transactions Team. Additionally, Post has been elected by the Board of Directors to serve as Corporate Secretary.

Sam Ford has been promoted to Managing Director Operational Strategy and Performance. In leading the Operational Strategy and Performance Team, Ford will report to Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven and will focus on the strategic direction of the operations, measuring the performance across all of operations, and the delivery of cross-functional initiatives. This position is a backfill for the position previously held by Justin Jones, who is now serving as Vice President Technical Operations Planning and Performance.

Southwest has promoted Wally Devereaux to Managing Director Cargo and Charters. This role will report to Senior Vice President of Operations Jack Smith and is a backfill for the position previously held by Matt Buckley, who has retired.

Ray Schuster has been promoted to Managing Director Accounting and Financial Reporting, continuing to report to Vice President Controller Leah Koontz. In this new role, he will be responsible for the Financial Accounting and Reporting Teams, as well as the Sales and Revenue Accounting Teams.

“We are fortunate to have such a strong and deep Leadership bench among our ranks,” said Southwest Airlines Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly. “We’ve never had a more talented team of Leaders in our history, and together the Southwest Family has never had a brighter future.”