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Updated June 27, 2022

  • Joe Breitfeller

Southwest Promotes Brendan Conlon to VP Crew Scheduling, Cole McGuire to VP Ground Ops Support

Southwest Airlines has promoted Brendan Conlon from Senior Director labor relations to Vice President of Crew Scheduling. Cole McGuire has also been promoted from Senior Director Performance & Projects to Vice President of Ground Operations Support.


Southwest's New Vice President Crew Scheduling, Brendan Conlon - Photo Credit: Brendan Conlon/Linkedin

On Monday (May 23, 2022), Southwest Airlines announced two leadership promotions with the promotion of Brendan Conlon from Senior Director of Labor Relations to Vice President of Crew scheduling, and the promotion of Cole McGuire from Senior Director Performance & Projects to Vice President of Ground Operations Support.


Speaking on the promotions in Monday’s announcment, Southwest Airlines’ CEO, Bob Jordan, said,


“As we continue to modernize our operation to execute safely and with excellence, we also continue to invest in our Leadership Team to ensure our processes, capabilities, and tools are keeping up with the needs of our Employees, our operation, and our Customers. Both Brendan and Cole bring strong Leadership experience to help move us forward, and we are so fortunate to have such a deep and talented Leadership Team to lead the charge.”


In his new role as VP – Crew Scheduling, Brendan Conlon will be responsible for developing and executing daily crew scheduling operations, while working closely with cross-departmental teams within Inflight, Flight Ops, Network Operations Control and others. Mr. Conlon joined Southwest in July 1986 as a Ramp Agent after emigrating from Ireland in June of that year, and has held positions in Flight Operations and Crew Scheduling before joining the Systems Department in 2000. In June 2006 he became Director of Crew Planning, Scheduling and Automation, where he was responsible for Inflight Crew Planning, Scheduling, Audit/Payroll, Automation, Inflight contract negotiations and administration for cabin crew. He holds a Foundational Certificate in Accounting from Athlone Regional Technical College in Ireland.


Southwest's New Vice President Ground Operations Support, Cole McGuire - Photo Credit: Cole McGuire/Linkedin

Southwest Airlines’ new Vice President of Ground Operations Support, Cole McGuire, will oversee Ground Operations support functions that ensure the department has the staffing, tools, products, and equipment necessary to ensure safe and reliable operations. Mr. McGuire joined Southwest in 2007, and has held positions in Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) and Operational Strategy & Performance. While working in FP&A, he was responsible for managing budgets across multiple departments. Cole McGuire holds a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting & Information Systems from the University of Texas at Dallas.


Founded in 1971, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has distinguished itself by offering exemplary customer service delivered by nearly 59,000 team members at 121 airports across 11 countries. Southwest offers a robust point-to-point network with a strong presence across leisure and business markets, and carrier 130 million passengers in 2019. During peak travel seasons, the airline operates more than 4,000 daily departures to over 100 destinations across the U.S. and 10 additional countries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, based on the number of originating passengers boarded, Southwest has been the largest U.S. domestic carrier since 2003.



Source: Southwest Airlines