Vice President Labor Relations
"Never asking your Team to do something you aren't first willing to do yourself."
Title: Vice President Labor Relations
JOB DESCRIPTION: Russell is responsible for oversight of labor relations working with the numerous labor organizations that support and represent Southwest Employees.
EXPERIENCE: During Russell's tenure at Southwest, he's held numerous positions across Flight Operations and Labor Relations, serving as Manager of Crew Scheduling, Director and Senior Director of Crew Planning & Scheduling, and Senior Director Labor Relations. He most recently led the Company's Negotiating Committee dialogue with our Pilots, Flight Simulation Technicians, and Flight Crew Training Instructors.
EDUCATION: Bachelor of Business Administration from Tarleton State University, 1989.
LENGTH OF SERVICE AT SOUTHWEST: Started March 4, 1993.
FIRST PAYING JOB: Feeding cattle and driving a tractor on a Ranch my father managed.
PROUDEST MOMENT: The string of career experiences from my very first day in Crew Scheduling, when I answered the phone with "Scheduling - Russell," to this honor today, being entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Labor Relations organization of America's most unionized and successful airline. It's a privilege that I don't take lightly.
BEST ADVICE EVER RECEIVED: Learn to disagree without being disagreeable.