Southwest Airlines Nominates 14 Candidates for Board of Directors Election May 15

As previously announced, the board nominated Bell CEO Lisa Atherton to join it as a new director, and directors Ron Ricks and John Montford will not stand for re-election.

The board of directors of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines disclosed in the company’s proxy statement that 14 candidates have been nominated to stand for election at its Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 15.

As previously announced, the board nominated Bell CEO Lisa Atherton to join it as a new director, and directors Ron Ricks and John Montford will not stand for re-election.

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Ron and John for their long-standing commitment to Southwest Airlines. They both made an immeasurable positive impact on the board and our company, and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude for their service,” Southwest Airlines Executive Chairman of the Board Gary Kelly said in a statement.

The company said that if all nominees are elected, the board will consist of 14 members, a reduction from the current size of 15.

“As the board continues to evolve, it is reasonable to expect the size of the board to reduce naturally and return closer to historical levels in coming years,” Veronica Biggins, chair of the board’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, said in a statement.

“I add my thanks to Ron and John for their many contributions and service to Southwest Airlines, and I am thrilled Lisa has been nominated to join our board,” Southwest Airlines President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Jordan said in a statement. “Lisa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience across aviation, defense, and government contracting, combined with her expertise in leading highly complex programs and strategic initiatives. I believe she will be a wonderful addition to our talented board.”

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