Chief Operating Officer
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Andrew Watterson serves the People of Southwest Airlines as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Andrew's Executive guidance shapes the strategy, design, and performance of the operation of the world's largest point-to-point air carrier, the world's most awarded airline. More than 60,000 Southwest Employees under his leadership work as a team to safely transport hundreds of thousands of Customers, their bags, and cargo each day.
Andrew assumed the role of COO in October 2022, and previously served as Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, his most recent executive appointment since joining Southwest as Vice President of Network Planning and Performance in October 2013.
Prior to his time at Southwest, he served as Vice President of Planning and Revenue Management at Hawaiian Airlines after 12 years as a partner with Oliver Wyman in the consulting firm's aviation practice. Andrew also spent three years as an operations management consultant with Ernst & Young in both Atlanta and Paris.
He was conferred a bachelor's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA with concentration in Operations Management from Vanderbilt University. He served four years in the U.S. Army.