Southwest appoints Tom Nealon EVP strategy and innovation

In January 2016, Tom Nealon will join Southwest Airlines as executive vice president of strategy and innovation, reporting to the carrier's chairman, president and, CEO Gary Kelly.
From 2010, Nealon served as a member of Southwest’s board of directors. During this time, he participated on the Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Safety and Compliance Oversight committees.
“As a board member, Tom was engaged and contributed at a high level,” Kelly noted. “Now, with his extensive knowledge in strategy, technology, and innovation, he will serve Southwest well in this leadership position.”
Previously, Nealon has worked for JCPenney Company, Inc., in a number of leadership positions. Before that, he was a partner with The Feld Group, where he served in a consultant capacity as chief information officer for Southwest from May 2002 to October 2006.
Nealon earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University in Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Dallas.

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