Herb Kelleher

As chairman of the board, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher is leader of the fifth-largest airline in the United States and the only airline to turn a profit for 24 consecutive years.

Southwest's success is attributed in part to Kelleher's dynamic leadership style. Kelleher is known for his keen sense of humor and friendliness with employees. These quality have fosters a strong corporate culture at Southwest and have made the airline a role model for employee loyalty. This loyalty, in combination with Kelleher's unique business strategies, have made Southwest a stand-out leader in the industry.

Kelleher co-founded Southwest in 1967, serving as both director and general counsel until 1978, when he became chairman of the board. In 1981, he became president and CEO of the company. In addition to Southwest, Kelleher has served on the board of several civic and professional organizations and has received many wards, including an honorary doctorate degree form Wesleyan University.

Keller received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan and an L.L.B. with honors from New York University. Before founding Southwest, he practiced law on the East Coast and in Texas.