Southwest Airline’s longtime chief executive officer, Gary Kelly, will step down Feb. 1 and will be replaced by Robert E. Jordan, who is currently executive vice president of corporate service,
a role in which he oversees human resources and communications and outreach. Kelly, who has been chief since 2004, will become executive chairman and is expected to remain in that role at least
through 2026. Jordan joined Southwest in 1988, two years after Kelly, and helped develop the airline’s frequent flier program.
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