Southwest Airlines names new board member

The board of directors of Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) said it 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.

Prior to his appointment at the Hoover Institution, 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.

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) claims to be the nation´s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded.