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David Watson, S.V.P. - Global HR Services

David Watson is Senior Vice President – Global HR Services for Delta Air Lines, overseeing a broad set of essential HR services including employee relations, payroll, time management, HR reporting, HR innovation, workforce technology, pass travel, Ask HR and Delta’s Employee Service Center.

Previously, as S.V.P. of Crew Resources, David was responsible for all crew planning, scheduling and tracking for Delta’s Flight Operations organization, along with crew technology for both pilots and flight attendants. Prior to this, David was responsible for the hiring, training, and resource planning and daily scheduling operation of Delta’s 23,000 flight attendants. Additionally, he led the technology and analytical and administrative services functions for the In-Flight Services division. Before that, David served as Managing Director – In-Flight Service Operations and Planning, with a focus on improving scheduling flexibility for Delta flight attendants.

A 31-year Delta veteran, David began his career in the Methods department, an internal consulting and analytics group. He then served as the executive assistant to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and subsequently joined the Labor Relations team where he worked with Air Line Pilots Association on important contract negotiations.  Following this role, David joined Flight Operations as the Director of Pilot Resources and Scheduling, where he managed the manpower planning and daily scheduling function of Delta’s pilots.

David holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s in business administration from the University of South Carolina.