ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2007 – Delta Air Lines today announced that Jeff Battcher has joined the company’s senior management team as vice president – Corporate Communications, filling a vacant position. Battcher, 45, most recently served as vice president of Corporate Communications for Atlanta-based BellSouth Corporation, now part of the new AT&T, where he directed internal and external communications reaching more than 125,000 active employees and retirees, 2 million shareholders and millions of customers around the world.
At Delta, Battcher will report to Chief Executive Officer Gerald Grinstein and will serve as Delta’s lead communications strategist. He will lead a team of professional communicators responsible for both internal and external communications around the world.
“One of Delta’s great strengths is a reputation and heritage of open, honest and direct communication with our people, our shareholders and our customers,” Grinstein said. “We are pleased to add to our executive team a new member who is respected for candor, truth, and credibility, as well as his proven track record in communications. Jeff’s experience over the past two decades will be a significant addition to our organization as Delta continues to expand in its role as a strong, global airline in a fiercely competitive marketplace.”
During his 15 year career at BellSouth and BellSouth Mobility, Battcher was instrumental in implementing communication strategies for various corporate programs, including BellSouth Mobility’s sponsorship of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta; BellSouth’s entrance into international new markets; BellSouth and SBC’s joint venture to form Cingular Wireless in 2001; and the integration of BellSouth and AT&T following their merger in 2006.
Battcher holds a degree in Business Communications from Mercer University and is a former working television journalist.
Delta Air Lines (Other OTC: DALRQ) offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service to 304 destinations in 52 countries. With more than 50 new international routes added in the last year, Delta is America’s fastest growing international airline and is a leader across the Atlantic with flights to 31 trans-Atlantic destinations. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 600 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on more than 14,000 flights offered by SkyTeam and other partners. Delta is a founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. Including its SkyTeam and worldwide codeshare partners, Delta offers flights to 453 worldwide destinations in 97 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.