Mr. Southwell spoke at the 2016 Elaine Bryan Foundation Inspirational Luncheon & Awards at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead in Georgia. Mr Southwell spoke to scholarship winners and guests about 4 principles in life. At the time of his address, Mr. Southwell was the General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. He was released from his post, 5 days later, in what is now considered a controversial matter in Atlanta City government.
Mr. Southwell currently has a pending lawsuit against the City of Atlanta, and Mayor Kasim Reed. In the briefing , it cites the Mayors involvement in airport contracts and the City Attorney involvement in spying on Mr. Southwell’s email correspondences. Among other things, is the rumored involvement of Delta Airlines, who has massive influence at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, due to their long-standing tenure as the official airline headquartered in Atlanta. Southwell’s dismissal could be due to his approval of direct flights from Quatar Airlines flying into Atlanta from Dubai. There has been tons of drama regarding this new route before it even launched. Qatar Airways hosted a party at Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre, which Delta is a sponsor of. Delta was angry they weren’t consulted about renting out the space to their rival, so Delta dropped their longstanding sponsorship of the theater. Qatar Airlines was not allowed a gate for their A380, due to a smaller Delta Airline flight.
See below Mr. Southwell comments on focusing on integrity in a time of adversity.
The story is developing but Mr. Southwell comments on focusing on integrity, begs to question if he knew what was to come in the very near future.