Flight 1380 & Guiding a Brand Through Tragedy – Linda Rutherford, Southwest Airlines – 12.03.2018

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On this edition of The New CCO, we welcome Southwest Airlines SVP & CCO Linda Rutherford to tell the fateful story of Flight 1380 and April 17, 2018. She takes us through the minutiae of that day, from first learning the breathtaking circumstances surrounding the airline’s lone passenger fatality in company history, to the heroic actions of the plane’s crew. She details how her communications function played a role in shaping national dialogue in the wake of the tragedy, and why Southwest Airlines was uniquely equipped to emerge from the tragedy with brand intact.

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