Southwest Airlines nams new EVP strategy & innovation

Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) said that Tom Nealon will join Southwest Airlines in January 2016 as executive vice president strategy & innovation.

Until recently, Nealon served Southwest as a member of its board of directors. He was appointed to that position in 2010 and during the course of his service on the board, he has participated on the Audit, Nominating and Corporate Governance, and Safety and Compliance Oversight committees. Nealon will report to Southwest Airlines Chairman, President, and CEO Gary Kelly.

Formerly, Nealon was Group Executive Vice President of JCPenney company, Inc. He held other leadership positions at JCPenney in Information Technology, with jcp.com, Corporate Strategy and Planning, and Digital Ventures. Nealon joined JCPenney as Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer in 2006.

In its 45th year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) operates more than 3,600 flights a day, serving 97 destinations across the United States and seven additional countries.