Southwest Airlines makes executive appointments

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines Co. announced several changes in its executive ranks, which it called “promotions and realignments.”

Executive vice president Jeff Lamb said Monday that the changes would “help support the transformation of our brand in this tough industry.”

The airline named Andrew Watterson as vice president of network planning and performance. He had been vice president of planning and revenue management at Hawaiian Airlines.

Sherry Staber, a vice president at department store chain J.C. Penney Co., was named vice president of business transformation in the airline’s technology organization.

In a news release, the company did not say whether Watterson and Staber replaced other executives or were named to new positions. Officials did not immediately return messages for clarification.

Also, Southwest promoted Bill Tiffany to vice president from senior director in supply-chain management. It also moved senior vice president Brian Hirshman to operations from technical operations, replacing Greg Wells, who was named senior vice president of operational performance.

Shares of Dallas-based Southwest rose 5 cents to $15.28 in midday trading.