Southwest Airlines Announces New Leadership

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) named Steve
Whaley as the controller for the Company.  In his new position, Whaley will
oversee the Company`s financial reporting and corporate accounting activities,
operational areas such as payroll and accounts payable and receivable, and
activities related to sales and revenue transaction processing.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with all the wonderful and
talented Employees within the Controller department who continue to superbly
contribute to the success of Southwest Airlines,” said Whaley.
Whaley is a 12-year veteran of the Southwest finance department where he
has served in various positions including director of financial accounting and
director of finance services.  Whaley earned a Bachelor`s of Business
Administration in accounting from the University of Oklahoma.  Before joining
the Southwest family, Whaley was employed for more than seven years by the
international accounting firm KPMG.
“Steve has made countless contributions in his tenure at Southwest,” said
Laura Wright, Southwest`s vice president of finance and treasurer.  “We are
extremely fortunate to have someone with his experience and skills ready to
step into the Controller position.”
Whaley is replacing former Controller Bob Jordan.  Jordan was recently
named as Southwest`s vice president of purchasing.  In his new position,
Jordan will oversee the Company`s purchasing operations as well as technical

Southwest Airlines, the fourth largest domestic carrier in terms of
Customers boarded, currently serves 59 airports in 58 cities in 30 states.
Based in Dallas, Southwest currently operates more than 2,700 flights a day
with a fleet of 355 Boeing 737s with an average age of 8.4 years—one of the
youngest pure jet fleets in the domestic airline industry.