Southwest Airlines Announces Executive Changes

                Southwest Airlines Announces Executive Changes

VP General Counsel Madeleine Johnson Announces Retirement; Mark Shaw Named as

PR Newswire

DALLAS, Dec. 10, 2012

DALLAS, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SouthwestAirlines (NYSE:LUV) today said
that Madeleine Johnson, the company's Vice President and General Counsel, has
announced her decision to retire, effective Feb. 1, 2013. Her successor will
be Mark Shaw, currently Southwest's Associate General Counsel of Corporate &

Ron Ricks, Southwest's Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Regulatory
Officer said, "Madeleine has been a joy to work with, a ferocious protector of
Southwest, and someone who has made incredible contributions to the success of
our airline in her relatively short tenure."

Under Johnson's leadership, the General Counsel Department dealt with several
complex legal cases in addition to intricate business negotiations. Perhaps
her most significant victory for the future well-being of the Company was
orchestrating the legal work to enable Southwest's acquisition of AirTran
Airways, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwest.

Johnson joined Southwest in 2008 as the airline's Vice President and General
Counsel. She previously served as the Dallas City Attorney, as an Assistant
United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, as Chief of the
Opinion Division at the Texas Attorney General's office, and as a principal in
the law firm of Fish & Richardson. She began her career as a commercial
litigator at Thompson & Knight in Dallas, and received her undergraduate
degree from Bryn Mawr College and her law degree from Tulane Law School.

A known "travel buff," Johnson said her retirement will allow her to add more
stamps to her U.S. Passport. She reports having traveled to 60 countries
around the globe, and she is eyeing travel adventures to Dubai, Oman, India,
Scandinavia, and the Galapagos. She also said she hopes to volunteer more time
with organizations focused on women's business initiatives. While at
Southwest, Johnson was named a Texas Corporate Counsel "Superlawyer" in 2010;
was selected as one of the top 25 DFW Women in Business by the Dallas Business
Journal in 2011; and received the Texas General Counsel Forum Magna Stella
Award for General Counsel of the Year in 2011.

Ricks announced that Shaw, 49, has been named to succeed Johnson as Vice
President and General Counsel. Shaw joined Southwest in 2000 as an attorney in
the General Counsel Department and was promoted in 2008 to his current role as
Associate General Counsel of Corporate & Transactions. Prior to Southwest,
Shaw worked as an attorney in the Dallas office of the law firm Akin, Gump,
Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP. He received his undergraduate degree from the
University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from Loyola University Law
School. Shaw also serves on the board of the DFW Chapter of the Association of
Corporate Counsel and on the advisory board of the Southern Methodist
University Journal of Air Law & Commerce.

"I have great confidence in Mark's abilities and his character as a Leader,"
Ricks said. "This will be a seamless transition given his history with
Southwest and with his colleagues in the General Counsel Department."

As Vice President and General Counsel, Shaw will assume the leadership role
providing legal advice to Southwest on all legal matters and running the
Company's General Counsel Department. Shaw said: "I look forward to
continuing the work of our talented General Counsel group and on building on
the many important initiatives and accomplishments of Madeleine Johnson, who
has been an outstanding leader and mentor to me during her time at Southwest.
I am honored to step into this leadership role."

Johnson said the decision to retire was not taken lightly. "I can imagine no
better way to cap a legal career than to have served as General Counsel of
Southwest Airlines. I have had the privilege of working with a group of
exceptionally talented lawyers, leaders, and some of the most wonderful people
I will ever meet. Together, our People have built a powerhouse among corporate
legal departments, and I am thrilled to turn the reins over to Mark Shaw. Mark
brings experience, talent, humor, and compassion to this position and will be
easily embraced by all as a Leader in the Southwest family."

The leadership changes will be effective Feb 1, 2013. Go to to
access a photo and bio for Shaw.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

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