Gary Kelly, chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines Co., speaks during an event inside the new Southwest Airlines Co. international terminal at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas.
Southwest Airlines CEO and chairman Gary Kelly said Wednesday that he is stepping down as the company's chief executive and will be replaced by company veteran Robert Jordan next year.
Kelly will hold the role of executive chairman until "at least" 2026, the company said.
Kelly, 66, has been CEO since 2004, helming the Dallas-based airline during the financial crisis, a merger, the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max, and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.
"My focus will be business and fleet strategies, governmental and airport affairs, and leading the Board of Directors."
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