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2008 Boardroom Insights


2008 Boardroom Insights

Herb Kelleher, Executive Chairman of the Board, Southwest Airlines; Colleen Barrett, President, Southwest Airlines

September 12, 2008

Herb Kelleher is a Founder of Southwest Airlines Co. and currently serves as its Executive Chairman, a position he has held since March 1978. From September 1981 through June 2001, Kelleher also served as President and CEO of Southwest Airlines.

Colleen C. Barrett is currently President of Southwest Airlines Co., a high-frequency, low-fare, point-to-point airline which prides itself in its excellent Customer Service qualities.* For Southwest Airlines, she served as a member of the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2008 and as Corporate Secretary from March 1978 to May 2008, and she served as Vice President Administration from 1986 to 1990; Executive Vice President Customers from 1990 to 2001; and President from 2001 to present.