Gray C. Kelly: The Man Behind Southwest Airlines
Gary C. Kelly is not an unknown name today. He is one of the most reputed CEO’s of the world. Right now he is giving his services as the Chairman of Board and The Chief Executive officer of the Southwest Airlines that has the privilege to hold the eighth ranking in most preferred airlines in a survey conducted by the Fortune Magazine in the year 2017. However, the one man army behind this great success Garry C. Kelly was ranked among the top five underrated CEO’s of the world under the same survey. In spite of this he has seen an ever successful career and has worked hard to raise the name of his company.
Before working for the Southwest Airlines, he was employed as the CPA at Arthur Young & Company in Dallas. After joining the Southwest Airlines as Controller, there was no looking back for Gary as his career saw a constant increment in his status. From controller to the vice president in the year 2004, Kelly’s hard work led him to the post of Chairman and then the president of the company in the year 2008. His meticulous work and leadership helped him in being reappointed as the president in the year 2017. Under his leadership and vision, the airlines got world class recognition for being “airline of the year”.
Gary has many feathers added to his hat which include various awards like “Junior Achievement Dallas Business Hall of Fame Laureate inductee, 2017”, “Tony Jannus Award, 2016”, “Dallas Business Journal’s CEO of the year for 2011”, “McLane Leadership in Business Award,2013 at Texas A&M University”, etc.