Southwest Airlines Names Two New Directors to Board

By Paul Riegler on 20 November 2021
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Southwest Airlines announced the appointment of two executives with backgrounds in the automotive and aerospace industries to the company’s board of directors.

The two new directors are David Hess, a former aerospace executive, and Christopher Reynolds, the chief administrative officer at Toyota Motor North America.

Mr. Hess’ appointment is effective November 18, 2021, while Mr. Reynolds appointment goes into effect immediately after the airline’s 2022 annual meeting.

“Both David and Christopher are exceptional leaders who will bring a wide-range of experiences, perspectives, and thought leadership to our Board of Directors,” said the airline’s CEO, Gary Kelly, who will move to the role of executive chairman in February when the appointment of a new CEO, Robert Jordan, currently the executive vice president for corporate services, goes into effect.

Mr. Reynolds holds a bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College, where he majored in political science, and received the degree of Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.  Meanwhile, Mr. Hess attended Hamilton College where he majored in physics and subsequently studied at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree with a major in electrical engineering.  He also received a master of science in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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