Form 8-K





Washington, D.C. 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 29, 2015






(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)




Texas   1-7259   74-1563240

(State or other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

  P.O. Box 36611, Dallas, Texas   75235-1611
  (Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (214) 792-4000

Not Applicable

(Former name or former address if changed since last report.)



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Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

Item 5.02(b)

On July 29, 2015, Ron Ricks advised Southwest Airlines Co. (the “Company”) of his decision to retire from his position as Executive Vice President & Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Ricks will remain with the Company as a non-Officer Employee of the Company to assist with the transition of complex legal projects and specialized governmental affairs issues.

Item 5.02(d)

Also on July 29, 2015, the Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Company appointed Ron Ricks as a member of the Board and elected Mr. Ricks as Vice Chairman of the Board.

Mr. Ricks has not yet been appointed to any Board committees, has no relationships requiring disclosure under Item 404 of Regulation S-K, and is not a party to any arrangement or understanding with any other person pursuant to which he was selected as a director.

As Mr. Ricks is remaining with the Company as a non-Officer Employee, at this time, no modification to Mr. Ricks’ existing compensation arrangement with the Company has been made in connection with his appointment as a member of the Board.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


August 3, 2015     By:   /s/ Mark R. Shaw
      Senior Vice President General Counsel & Corporate Secretary