Associated Press

Southwest’s president retires suddenly; didn’t get CEO job

Southwest Airlines President Tom Nealon, who was once seen as a leading candidate for CEO but was passed over this year, has retired. In a statement issued by the airline, Nealon said he was honored to have served Southwest in several jobs, especially president, and looks forward to taking on a strategic role. The airline said that Chief Operating Officer Mike Van de Ven, 59, has become president.

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