Colleen C. Barrett

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Colleen C. Barrett was President and Corporate Secretary for Southwest Airlines. Prior to joining Southwest in 1978, she worked for several years as an Executive Assistant to Herb Kelleher (Southwest’s Chairman) at his law firm. For Southwest Airlines, she served as Secretary of the Corporation since March 1978; and served as Vice President Administration from 1986 to 1990, Executive Vice President Customers from 1990 to 2001.

Colleen is divorced, with one grown son and one grandson. She is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations in Dallas, Texas, and has served on numerous boards and commissions. She graduated with highest honors from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1964. Colleen stepped down as President and Corporate Secretary of Southwest, effective July 16, 2008, but remained an employee of the corporation through July 2013.

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