What Makes Southwest Airlines So Successful
There many reasons why southwest airline is so successful. One of the reasons is a man by the name of Gary Kelly who serves as the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer at Southwest Airlines. A 22-year Southwest veteran who became CFO in 1989, Gary has worked closely with Southwest's legendary Cofounder and Chairman Emeritus Herb Kelleher and President Emeritus Colleen Barrett to build the nation's fifth-largest airline and the undisputed Low-Fare Leader. Mr. Gary began his career at Southwest Airlines as Controller, moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice President Finance, then Executive Vice President and CFO, before being promoted to CEO and Vice Chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the role of Chairman in May 2008 and President in July 2008. Prior to joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young & Company in Dallas and Controller for Systems Center. After graduation Mr. Kelly chose Arthur Young & Co. Where he was assigned to the Dallas office, a feisty little start-up airline named Southwest. Kelly became familiar with the airline through friends at the firm who handled the account. In 1983, Kelly left Arthur Young to join a start-up computer services company in Dallas as CFO. A few years later, he beat hundreds of competitors for the job of controller at Southwest. Over the years, Kelly has become well-known and well-liked at Southwest's Dallas headquarters. Now, he's turning his attention to the rest of the 33,000 workers scattered around the USA. Gary is currently a member of the Texas Financial Executives Institute, Texas Society for CPA’s, McCombs School Accounting Advisory Board and the Advisory Council at the University of Texas at Austin, and he also serves on the board of the Dallas Citizens’ Council. In January of 2007, Institutional Investor Magazine named Gary one of the best CEOs in America. The Dallas Morning...
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