Southwest Names New EVP of Daily Operations After First Annual Loss in Decades

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Southwest Airlines jet landing at LAX.

Southwest Airlines jet landing at LAX. Editorial credit: Angel DiBilio /

Southwest Airlines announced Alan Kasher has been promoted to EVP of Daily Operations and will transition into his new duties next month. Kasher replaces Greg Wells, who is retiring from his current position but will stay with the airline as an advisor, effective March 1.

In his new position, Kasher will oversee the daily operations of the airline, including Air Operations, Technical Operations, and Daily Operations.

Kasher initially joined Southwest over two decades ago in September 2000 as a First Officer and after seven years he was promoted to Captain. At Southwest, Kasher has worked in Flight Operations Safety and served in various management positions as he climbed the ranks within Flight Operations, including his most recent role as SVP of Air Operations.

Kasher isn’t the only executive gaining a new title as Sam Ford has been promoted to VP of Operational Strategy & Performance, Chris "CJ" Johnson is now the airline’s VP of Ground Operations, and Julia Landrum was promoted to Managing Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A).

The massive leadership change follows a record-setting bad year for Southwest, as it lost almost $3.1 billion in 2020 due to weak demand and rising fuel prices — its first annual loss since 1972.


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