Bio: Ed Bastian, Chief Executive Officer
Ed Bastian became Chief Executive Officer on May 2, 2016, after nearly 18 years with the airline.
In his previous role as President, Ed focused on leading Delta’s commercial and international functions and strengthening Delta’s financial foundation through innovation, debt reduction, revenue growth and bolstering the airline’s global network.
Ed played a pivotal role in finalizing Delta’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines in 2008 and managing the airlines’ successful integration. Since that time, Ed and his team have led Delta’s continued transformation by developing strategies to make the business less vulnerable to economic cycles. Examples include: the purchase of a refinery which is expected to save the airline $300 million annually; reducing Delta’s debt to increase its flexibility; and investing in the Delta experience from facilities enhancements at several of Delta’s hubs to online and in-flight product improvements which, combined, are expected to contribute more than $1 billion in annual benefits to Delta.
Ed joined Delta in 1998 as Vice President – Finance and Controller and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2000. He left Delta in early 2004 to become Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Acuity Brands before returning to Delta six months later to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Ed was appointed to serve as Delta’s President in September 2007.
Ed also served as Chief Restructuring Officer between 2005 and 2007, playing a crucial role in the airline’s swift and successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
Ed has broad finance and audit experience, including serving as Vice President – Finance for Pepsi Cola International, Vice President – Business Processes reengineering for Frito-Lay, Vice President – Finance and Controller for Frito-Lay International, and as a partner in the New York audit practice of Price Waterhouse specializing in the entertainment, advertising and manufacturing sectors. He also served as the strategic planning partner for Price Waterhouse’s New York region.
Ed graduated of St. Bonaventure University in New York with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.
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