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Helen Giles

Managing Director Environmental Sustainability

Southwest Airlines

Helen leads Environmental Sustainability at Southwest. She drives the Company’s environmental sustainability goals, strategy, and portfolio of initiatives and engages externally in environmental policy and partnerships. Helen stepped into her role in 2021, standing up Southwest’s Environmental Sustainability function. She works to ensure Southwest achieves its near-term and long-term climate goals, and on efforts to do right by our Planet and our Company in the communities we serve and beyond.

In 2019, Helen started her career at Southwest in Corporate Strategy, where she led many strategy projects for the Company. Prior to Southwest, Helen was a Director of Corporate Strategy at Neiman Marcus Group and held strategy and transformation roles at GameStop, The Hackett Group, and Accenture.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Economic Analysis and German Studies from Rice University.

Helen and her husband, Michael, are proud parents to Olivia and Ethan. Helen is conversationally fluent in German and speaks basic Mandarin. Outside of her professional endeavors, she enjoys climbing, travel, and gastronomy.

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