Theresa Wise is senior vice president and chief information officer of Delta Air Lines.
Under Theresa’s leadership, Delta integrated technology systems and business readiness plans following its merger with Northwest, combining more than 1,200 IT systems in what has become recognized as a blueprint for airline mergers. Today, Theresa leads a team of more than 2,000 professionals who innovate and leverage technology solutions to enhance the customer experience with Delta.
In 2011, “Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal” named Theresa “CIO of the Year” in recognition of her lifetime of work in Information Technology and leadership through the Delta, Northwest integration process.
Most recently, Theresa served as Northwest’s senior vice president and chief information officer, overseeing the airline’s IT group. As an intern with Northwest, Theresa was credited with inventing the new crew scheduling logic which the airline rapidly adopted. She formally joined the company in 1993 as a full-time employee. Prior to her appointment as vice president – Information Services, she held a variety of positions in IT and Operations Research.
Theresa graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics and chemistry and holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science degree in operations research and applied math from Cornell University. She is an active supporter of the arts, having served on the board of the Children’s Theatre Company, as a member of the board of the Science Museum of Minnesota and as a violinist with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra.