OREANDA-NEWS. November 23, 2015. Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) announced today several Leadership changes among the Company's deep bench of top talent.  The changes present opportunities for both promotions and new challenges for current Southwest Leaders, as the carrier continues its focus on delivering world-class Reliability and Hospitality.     

Craig Drew, previously Vice President, Flight Operations, has been promoted to a new position as Senior Vice President, Air Operations.  This position will consolidate oversight of all the operating teams associated with moving aircraft including Flight Operations, Cabin Services, the Network Operations Control Center (NOC), and Regulatory Programs & Compliance.

Alan Kasher, previously Managing Director, Regulatory Programs & Compliance, has been promoted to the Vice President, Flight Operations.

Mike Hafner, previously Vice President, Cabin Services, will shift his focus and assume a newly created role of Vice President, Customer Services.

Sonya Lacore has been promoted to Vice President, Cabin Services, and will report to Craig Drew.  Sonya was previously Senior Director, Onboard Experience and Support.   

"As our business has evolved and grown more complex over time, it's more important than ever that we have the best support possible to provide the foundation and flexibility that will enable Southwest Airlines' success well into the future," said Mike Van de Ven, Southwest Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  "We have several large-scale Company-wide initiatives underway that are crucial to our future success, and I'm so proud to have such a talented and experienced group of Leaders to lead the way."