Southwest Airlines aims to provide effective governance of the Company’s business for the long-term benefit of the Company’s Shareholders, Employees, and Customers.

2010 ONE REPORT  >  Corporate Governance

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We believe being a good corporate citizen means operating with dedication to the highest standards of ethics and integrity and that good corporate governance is integral in achieving long-term Shareholder, Employee, and Customer value.


Corporate Governance

At Southwest Airlines, our corporate governance structure guides our organization and drives progress toward implementation of our corporate strategies. We believe being a good corporate citizen means operating with dedication to the highest standards of ethics and integrity and that good corporate governance is integral in achieving long-term Shareholder, Employee, and Customer value. We communicate these standards and incorporate them into our business, in part, through our code of ethics and insider trading policy and by requiring all Employees to annually certify receipt of these policies. In 2010, more than 37,000 Employees and contractors certified receipt of these materials. We also annually distribute a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) policy to all Company officers, senior Leaders of all departments, and select Employees who are involved with Southwest Airlines’ financial records and international operations. These more than 750 individuals received a mandatory questionnaire regarding the FCPA and completed it in 2010. Our Board of Directors, Company officers, and a select group of Employees are subject to insider trading pre-clearance and blackout procedures. We also employ robust auditing procedures to analyze and monitor business activities, which further enhance our ability to maintain high ethical standards. We continually review our systems to provide transparency and accountability, and we update our corporate governance policies when needed.

Southwest Airlines Leadership

2010 Board of Directors

David W. Biegler
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Southcross Energy, LLC
Retired Vice Chairman of TXU Corp.
Dallas, Texas
Audit, Compensation (Chair) and Safety and Compliance Oversight Committees

Douglas H. Brooks
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Brinker International, Inc.
Dallas, Texas
Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

William H. Cunningham, PhD
James L. Bayless Chair for Free Enterprise
University of Texas at Austin Red McCombs School of Business
Former Chancellor of The University of Texas System
Austin, Texas
Presiding Director
Audit, Compensation, Safety and Compliance Oversight and Executive Committees

John G. Denison
Former Chairman of the Board
Global Aero Logistics Inc.
Plano, Texas
Audit and Safety and Compliance Oversight (Chair) Committees

Travis C. Johnson
Attorney at Law
El Paso, Texas
Audit, Executive (Chair), and Nominating and Corporate Governance (Chair) Committees

Gary C. Kelly
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Southwest Airlines Co.
Dallas, Texas
Executive Committee

Nancy B. Loeffler
Longtime advocate of volunteerism
Chair of The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Foundation
San Antonio, Texas
Compensation Committee

John T. Montford
President and Chief Executive Officer
JTM Consulting, LLC
Senior Advisor for Government Relations and Global Public Policy for General Motors
San Antonio, Texas
Audit (Chair), Compensation and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees

Thomas M. Nealon
Group Executive Vice President
J.C. Penney Company, Inc
Dallas, Texas
Safety and Compliance Oversight Committee

Daniel D. Villanueva
Partner
RC Fontis
Pasadena, California
Compensation and Safety and Compliance Oversight Committees

Honorary Designations

Herbert D. Kelleher
Chairman Emeritus
Southwest Airlines Co.
Dallas, Texas

Colleen C. Barrett
President Emeritus
Southwest Airlines Co.
Dallas, Texas

Officers (as of May 4, 2011)

Gary C. Kelly*
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert E. Jordan*
Executive Vice President Strategy and Planning
President of AirTran Airways

Ron Ricks*
Executive Vice President Corporate Services and Corporate Secretary

Michael G. Van de Ven*
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Ginger C. Hardage*
Senior Vice President Culture and Communications

Daryl Krause*
Senior Vice President Procurement

Jeff Lamb*
Senior Vice President Administration and Chief People Officer

Teresa Laraba*
Senior Vice President Customer Services

Dave Ridley*
Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Tammy Romo*
Senior Vice President Planning

Greg Wells*
Senior Vice President Operations

Laura H. Wright*
Senior Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer

Matt Buckley
Vice President Cargo and Charters

Darren Dayley
Vice President Technology, Reservations Systems Replacement and AirTran Integration Programs

Matt Hafner
Vice President Ground Operations

Mike Hafner
Vice President Cabin Services

Scott Halfmann
Vice President Safety and Security

Brian Hirshman
Vice President Maintenance and Engineering

Laurie Hulin
Vice President Technology, Enterprise Management Applications and Testing Services Portfolio

John Jamotta
Vice President Network Planning

Madeleine Johnson
Vice President General Counsel

Leah Koontz
Vice President Controller

Kevin M. Krone
Vice President Marketing, Sales and Distribution

Karen Lewis
Vice President Governmental Affairs

Chuck Magill
Vice President Flight Operations

Jan Marshall
Vice President Technology and Chief Information Officer

Jeff Martin
Vice President Operations Coordination Center

Bob Montgomery
Vice President Properties

Rob Myrben
Vice President Fuel Management

James A. Ruppel
Vice President Customer Relations and Rapid Rewards

Linda B. Rutherford
Vice President Communication and Strategic Outreach

Mike Ryan
Vice President Labor Relations

Jim Sokol
Vice President Maintenance Operations

Scott E. Topping
Vice President Treasurer

Ellen Torbert
Vice President Customer Support and Services

Chris Wahlenmaier
Vice President Ground Operations

Kathleen Wayton
Vice President Change Leadership and Business Performance

Kay Weatherford
Vice President Revenue Management and Pricing

Bob Young
Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer

* Member of Executive Planning Committee