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June 30, 2014

Southwest's vice president of maintenance operations, Jim Sokol, to retire in September

Southwest Airlines made several executive moves on Monday as the carrier's vice president of maintenance operations, Jim Sokol, announced he will retire on September 15.

Sokol will be replaced by Landon Nitschke, currently the senior director of maintenance at the Dallas-based carrier.

"Jim’s contributions to our Operation, our Fleet, and our People guided the Maintenance Operation through the most challenging years our industry has experienced,” said chief operating officer Mike Van de Ven, in a statement. “Under his Leadership, Southwest has remained a resilient and efficient operation benchmarked by companies around the globe.”

Jack Smith, currently Southwest's vice president of ground operations, will be promoted to senior vice president of operations while Steve Goldberg, currently managing director of ground operations, will replace Smith.

-Andrea Ahles

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