Southwest to Get New CIO

By Paul Riegler on 30 June 2017
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In an age where airlines are as much dependent on reliable information technology systems as aircraft, the role of chief information officer at a carrier is critical.

Southwest Airlines announced the appointment of Kathleen Wayton, its current vice president of corporate delivery, operations and reservations, to the position of senior vice president and chief information officer. She will assume the role of CIO in mid July when the airline’s current CIO, Randy Sloan, leaves the company.

Sloan was responsible for the integration of AirTran’s IT systems with Southwest’s.

“Kathleen has played a critical role in the delivery of Southwest’s strategic initiatives over the last several years,” said Tom Nealon, the airline’s president.

The airline also hired Stan Alexander as vice president and chief technology architect, a new role. He will be responsible for a variety of enterprise software initiatives across the organization.

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