Executive Changes at Southwest, WestJet

In a rather surprising move, Southwest Airlines CEO Jim Parker announced that he will step down from the post, effective immediately. CFO Greg Kelly will replace him in that role. Parker gave no specific reason for the departure, saying only that he was leaving for “personal reasons” that don’t involve his health.

In a less surprising move, Mark Hill, the co-founder of Canadian discounter WestJet, resigned from the airline amidst a corporate espionage scandal. Air Canada accuses WestJet of taking confidential information about flights from a website available to Air Canada employees and retirees. In turn, Air Canada was accused of rummaging through Mark Hill’s trash. Odd, isn’t it?

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