Mark Shaw was Promoted to General Counsel at Southwest Airlines Corporation

Date of management change: February 01, 2013 

What Happened?

Dallas, TX-based Southwest Airlines Corporation has promoted Mark Shaw to General Counsel.

 

About the Company

Southwest Airlines is all about moving People--by helping them travel from one place to another, and by genuinely caring for Employees and Customers. Our Employees make us who we are, and the Heart at the center of our bold look helps us communicate our passions--providing outstanding Customer Service, offering affordable travel options, and following the Golden Rule. Based on the U.S. Department of Transportation`s most recent data, we`re the nation`s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic Passengers boarded. We operate an all-Boeing fleet (the largest in the world!), the majority of which are equipped with satellite-based WiFi providing gate-to-gate connectivity while over the United States. That connectivity enables Customers to use their personal devices to enjoy on-demand movies and television shows, as well as nearly 20 channels of free, live TV compliments of our valued Partners! Bags Fly Free on Southwest, and we`re the only major U.S. airline to offer that to everyone (first and second checked pieces of luggage, size and weight limits apply), and there are no change fees, either, though fare differences might apply. We don`t like fees, and we love connecting People to what`s important in their lives! That`s what Southwest Heart is all about!

 

About the Person

OB DESCRIPTION: The General Counsel and Corporate Secretary provide legal advice to Southwest Airlines Co. on all legal matters. The General Counsel and Corporate Secretary is principally responsible for advising the Board of Directors and senior management on a range of legal issues related to the development and implementation of Southwest's business strategy, corporate governance, compliance policies, general corporate matters and litigation. The General Counsel and Corporate Secretary supervises the work of outside counsel retained in legal matters involving the company and oversees the company's Governmental Affairs function.   EXPERIENCE: Attorney with Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP in Dallas for approximately 7 years, including 6 months in Shannon, Ireland on temporary assignment to GE Capital Aviation Services. Attorney at Southwest Airlines for 8 years and then Associate General Counsel – Corporate & Transactions at Southwest Airlines for 4.5 years.   EDUCATION: Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Law Degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, La.   LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: Started July 2000.   FAMILY: Wife, Kristy, who is a CPA and works as Controller of a small technology company; Son, Matt; Daughter, Lindsey   PROUDEST MOMENT: The birth of each of my kids   BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Drafting a legal document isn't rocket science – use plain English! 

 

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