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Southwest Airlines appoints Dr. Thomas W. Gilligan to its Board of Directors


The Board of Directors of Southwest Airlines has appointed Dr. Thomas W. Gilligan as a member of the Board.

Dr. Gilligan currently serves as the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University, a position he has held since Sept. 2015.  The Hoover Institution is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy as well as international affairs.

“Tom is a special person with a brilliant mind and a passion for serving others who will be an invaluable addition to our Board of Directors,” said Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer for Southwest Airlines. “Tom brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience, and leadership in finance, economics, and business administration that will benefit our Board and our Company.”  

Prior to his appointment at the Hoover Institution, Dr. Gilligan served as the Dean of the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin from 2008 to Aug. 2015, where he also held the Centennial Chair in Business Education Leadership. 

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