Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 10, 2017





Southwest Airlines Co.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Texas   1-7259   74-1563240

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, Texas   75235-1611
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 792-4000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On January 10, 2017, Thomas M. Nealon was appointed as President of Southwest Airlines Co. (the “Company”), effective the same day. Mr. Nealon, 55, previously served as the Company’s Executive Vice President Strategy & Innovation since January 2016. Prior to becoming an executive officer of the Company, Mr. Nealon served on the Company’s Board of Directors from December 2010 until November 2015. Mr. Nealon has also served as Group Executive Vice President of J.C. Penney Company, Inc., a retail company, from August 2010 until December 2011. In this role Mr. Nealon was responsible for Strategy,, Information Technology, Customer Insights, and Digital Ventures. Mr. Nealon also served as J.C. Penney’s Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer from September 2006 until August 2010. Prior to joining J.C. Penney, Mr. Nealon was a partner with The Feld Group, a provider of information technology consulting services, where he served in a consultant capacity as Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for the Company from 2002 to 2006. Mr. Nealon also served as Chief Information Officer for Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., from 1996 to 2000, and in various software engineering, systems engineering, and management positions for Frito-Lay from 1983 to 1996.

Gary C. Kelly, who has been with the Company for over 30 years and served as Chief Executive Officer for the last 12 years and as President for the last eight years, will no longer serve the Company as President, effective with Mr. Nealon’s appointment, but will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer and as Chairman of the Board of Directors.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: January 12, 2017     By:  

/s/ Mark R. Shaw

    Name:   Mark R. Shaw
    Title:   Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary