Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly dismissed questions that he is planning to retire soon, but he acknowledged that succession planning had a role in the appointment of Thomas Nealon as president. Kelly, who has been Southwest’s CEO since 2004, had been president of the airline since Colleen Barrett retired in 2008. “I’m not getting any younger,” Kelly, 61, told reporters. “I don’t want to put Southwest Airlines in a position where it is not well prepared ...
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