Southwest Airlines® (NYSE: LUV) today announced Jason Van Eaton has joined the Company as its new Managing Director of Governmental Affairs. In the newly created position, Van Eaton will lead the Governmental Affairs Team, which is devoted to building and fostering relationships and advocating for Southwest in local communities, at the state level, and in Washington, D.C. To view Van Eaton's bio, click here.
"Jason will be a valuable addition to the Southwest Family and brings with him a wealth of experience in both the private and public sectors that will serve him well in this new role," said Southwest Airlines' Executive Vice President and Chief Legal and Regulatory Officer Ron Ricks.
Van Eaton previously served as former United States Senator Kit Bond's State Director, as well as in a number of Leadership roles in the private sector, most recently as Managing Partner of Kit Bond Strategies. Jason returns to the North Texas region, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Texas Christian University (TCU).
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