Jeff Lamb, one of Southwest Airlines’ top executives, announced Monday he will be leaving the Dallas-based carrier at the end of June.
As executive vice president of corporate services, Lamb has overseen Southwest’s culture services, corporate facilities and airport affairs. Lamb plans to join Texas home builder Highland Homes in an executive position. He currently serves on Highland Homes’ board of directors.
“Jeff’s contributions to Southwest over his 12 years have been many and immeasurable,” said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly. “We wish him well as his journey takes him to a new industry and presents new challenges with a wonderful organization.”
Southwest’s chief commercial officer, Bob Jordan, will assume Lamb’s role at the airline and will report directly to Kelly. The carrier also announced that senior vice president Andrew Watterson has been promoted to executive vice president and chief revenue officer, effective July 1, overseeing revenue management, network planning and customer relations.
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The executive changes are the latest moves in Southwest’s top offices. In January, Southwest promoted Tom Nealon to president of the carrier, leading some industry analysts to speculate that Nealon could eventually succeed Kelly in the chief executive spot.