ATLANTA, Nov. 29, 2007 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced that Stephen Gorman, 52, a proven leader in airline and other industries, will join the company as its new executive vice president–Operations, beginning Dec. 1. He will be responsible for Flight Operations, Technical Operations, Operations Control Center, Safety, Security, Airport Customer Service and Delta Global Services. Gorman is replacing Joseph C. Kolshak, who has elected to retire after 20 years of service.
“We are incredibly pleased Steve is joining the Delta leadership team,” said Richard Anderson, Delta’s chief executive officer. “His experience, knowledge of the airline industry and ability to deliver superior results make him an ideal leader to build on the extraordinary operational performance Delta people deliver every day.”
Gorman most recently spearheaded a four-year financial turnaround as chief executive officer of Greyhound Lines Inc. Prior to that, he served as president of North America division for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. and executive vice president of Flight Operations and Technical Operations at Northwest Airlines. Gorman also served as chairman of the Board of Directors for Pinnacle Airlines Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and as a member of the Board of Directors for both Rohn Industries Inc., from 2000 to 2003 and TIMCO Aviation Services Inc. from 2001 to 2004. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Eureka College and an MBA from Bradley University.
“Joe has made significant contributions to Delta, and we appreciate his dedication to the company,” said Anderson. “He agreed to continue in his role until we completed a search for his replacement, and we are pleased Steve is ready to join the Delta team.”
Gorman and his wife, Deb, will be moving to Atlanta in the next few months.
Delta Air Lines operates service to more worldwide destinations than any airline with Delta and Delta Connection flights to 317 destinations in 55 countries. Since 2005, Delta has added more international capacity than any other major U.S. airline and is the leader across the Atlantic with flights to 35 trans-Atlantic markets. To Latin America and the Caribbean, Delta offers nearly 500 weekly flights to 58 destinations. Delta's marketing alliances also allow customers to earn and redeem SkyMiles on nearly 15,000 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 479 worldwide destinations in 104 countries. Customers can check in for flights, print boarding passes and check flight status at delta.com.