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Southwest CEO Gary Kelly will step down in 2022, to be replaced by company executive Robert Jordan


Gary Kelly, chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines Co., speaks during an event inside the new Southwest Airlines Co. international terminal at the William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas.

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Southwest Airlines is replacing Gary Kelly as CEO next year with company veteran Robert Jordan, the airline said Wednesday.

Kelly will take the role of executive chairman, a role the airline said he will hold until 2026.

Kelly, 66, has been CEO since 2004, helming the Dallas-based airline during the financial crisis and more recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.

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