Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly, 66, will step down from his position and "transition roles" to become executive chairman, the company announced Wednesday.
Robert Jordan, Southwest's executive vice president for corporate services will become the next CEO, starting Feb. 1 next year.
Kelly has served as Southwest CEO since 2004, overseeing the airline's first international routes, the acquisition of AirTran Airways and bringing the Boeing 737 Max into its fleet.
"I'm humbled, honored, and excited to be asked to serve as the next CEO," Jordan said.
"The Heart of Southwest is our People; they make the difference for our Customers, and I look forward to serving them."
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