John T. Montford, senior vice
president-legislative and political affairs for SBC Communications Inc., has
been nominated for election to the Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) Board of
Directors. Subject to Shareholder approval, his term will begin at
Southwest`s annual meeting of Shareholders on May 15, 2002, as two long-time
members of Southwest`s Board, Sam Barshop and Gene Bishop, retire from the
Montford joined SBC Communications Inc. in September 2001, where he is
responsible for legislative affairs across the company`s 13 state territory.
He previously served as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System where
he was responsible for the University`s legislative affairs, community
relations, budget, development, marketing activities, and strategic planning.
“John Montford`s extensive and varied experience and demonstrated wisdom
and leadership will be of great value to Southwest Airlines as we approach our
32nd year of operation,” said Southwest`s Chairman, Herb Kelleher. “Gene
Bishop and Sam Barshop have each made magnificent contributions to the Board
and to the success of Southwest Airlines, and they will be sorely missed both
personally and professionally.”
Before being named chancellor, Montford served 14 years as a member of the
Texas Senate. During his tenure, he served as chairman of the Senate Finance
Committee and chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee. He was elected
president pro tem for the 73rd Legislative Session.
“I am honored to join the distinguished Board of Southwest Airlines,”
Montford said. “This Company has revolutionized the way Americans travel, and
I look forward to the continued success the next 32 years will bring.”
Montford was on active duty as an officer in the United States Marine
Corps from 1968-1971. He served as an elected district attorney from
1979-1982. He received his bachelor`s degree in political science and a law
degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Debbie, have
For the seventh year in a row, FORTUNE magazine has recognized Southwest
Airlines in its annual survey of corporate reputations. This year, FORTUNE
listed Southwest Airlines among America`s Top Ten most admired corporations.
In 2002, as in 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1996, Southwest also was named
the most admired airline.