Gala Emcee


Gala Emcee

Gala Emcee - Derek K. Hubbard


Derek K. Hubbard serves as Sr. Specialist and Spokesperson for Southwest Airlines. Derek manages the Company’s social media channels, curates and creates social content, handles media relations, and provides social council during crises. Previously, Derek worked as a television producer in Dallas and also in financial communications in London. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs from Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, and also studied abroad at Regent’s University London.

Derek was recognized in 2017 by PR News as a 30 and Under Rising PR Star. He also has written and/or featured in Entrepreneur,, The Points Guy, and various publications. Derek also contributed on FOX Radio on the effectiveness of Super Bowl commercials. Through his work with the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Derek interviewed public figures including Michael J. Fox, Tina Brown, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Katie Couric, Walter Isaacson and more. 

When not hosting a Facebook live stream for Southwest or traveling, Derek’s binge-watching his favorite TV shows or jamming one of his Spotify playlists. Find him @derekkhubbard if you want to talk TV, music, social, or that random Bud Light commercial he did in 2014.


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