Mike Van de Ven
Chief Operating Officer
"Having a passion about the mission needing to be accomplished and instilling that passion in your team by working with them, side by side, and supporting them in any way necessary."
Title: Chief Operating Officer
JOB DESCRIPTION: Mike provides Executive Leadership to the following Southwest departments: Air Operations; Ground Operations; Technical Operations; Safety and Security; Customer Support & Services (CS&S); Operational Strategy & Performance; as well as the Company’s President’s Council and Hospitality efforts.
EXPERIENCE: Mike has held several positions at Southwest such as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer; Executive Vice President of Aircraft Operations, Senior Vice President of Planning, Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis, Senior Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, Director of Financial Planning, and Director of Internal Audit. Prior to joining Southwest, Mike was a senior audit manager at Ernst & Young in Dallas, Texas.
EDUCATION: Mike received a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: Started April 1, 1993.
FAMILY: Mike and his wife, Cindy, have two sons: Kyle and Garrett
FIRST PAYING JOB: Summer recreation instructor where I coached kindergarten kids in extremely advanced baseball skills such as selecting the arm they would be using to throw the baseball. I also doubled as "Keeper of the Whistle" during playground time.
PROUDEST MOMENT: Each time I see my kids get excited about their accomplishments.
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Happiness is something you decide, not find.
BEST ADVICE EVER GIVEN: Be humble and treat others with respect.