Southwest Airlines Chairman, President and CEO Gary C. Kelly to Chair A4A
Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012
United President and CEO Jeffery Smisek to Serve as Vice Chair
WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Airlines for America
(A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines,
announced today that Southwest Airlines Chairman, President and CEO Gary Kelly
has been elected to a two-year term to serve as Chairman of the A4A Board of
Directors. United Airlines Chairman, President and CEO, Jeffery Smisek was
elected to serve as Vice Chairman.
Kelly succeeds Delta CEO Richard H. Anderson.
"Gary Kelly is a dynamic leader who has been instrumental in moving the goals
of the U.S. airline industry forward," said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E.
Calio."We congratulate Gary on his election as our Chairman and look forward
to working with him in our continued push to further a National Airline
Policy, which is critical to America's economic growth, our communities, our
infrastructure and the traveling public. We also want to thank Richard
Anderson for his exceptional leadership as A4A's Board Chairman over the past
two years.Richard's clear vision, unwavering commitment and determination
helped transform A4A into a highly effective advocate for the U.S. airline
industry. His efforts have paved the way for a more competitive global
commercial aviation industry in this country."
"I am honored to be named as A4A's Chairman, and I am committed to our
continued work to help ensure the long-term stability and viability of the
aviation industry," Kelly said. "The U.S. airline industry plays a vital role
in the overall health of our nation's economy. I look forward to the
opportunity to work with my industry peers to advocate for a National Airline
Policy and serve our passengers, our employees and our communities."
Gary Kelly began his career at Southwest Airlines as controller in 1986,
moving up to Chief Financial Officer and Vice president of 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,
Smisek is President and CEO of United Continental Holdings, Inc., the holding
company for both United Airlines and Continental Airlines.Previously, Smisek
was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Airlines,
Inc. Smisek joined Continental in 1995 as Senior Vice President and General
Counsel. In 2004, he became President and was elected to the company's board
of directors. He became President and Chief Operating Officer in September
2008 and assumed the role of Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
in January 2010.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive more than $1 trillion in U.S.
economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs.
SOURCE Airlines for America
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