Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has named Kevin Shinkle senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer, effective May 7, 2014.
Shinkle, 48, joins Delta from the executive ranks of the Associated Press where he began in 2008 as assistant business editor directing financial markets coverage. He held positions of increasing responsibility at the Associated Press, most recently serving as business editor, managing coverage of business and finance worldwide with a team of approximately 70 editors and reporters in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
At Delta, Shinkle will serve as a member of the Corporate Leadership Team reporting to CEO Richard Anderson and lead a team of professional communicators responsible for global internal, external and cross-divisional communications. Shinkle replaces Ned Walker who announced in January 2014 his intention to retire in the June quarter.
"From our first meeting, Kevin struck me as a natural fit for the Delta culture," Anderson said. "Not only is he a seasoned executive and respected leader at one of the world's top global news agencies, Kevin is an expert storyteller and critical thinker. He shares the core values that are so important at our airline and in his work he's shown an ability and willingness to embrace technology to evolve business practices for success in today's world."
"Delta has been fortunate to have Ned's great leadership during a successful, transformational period at our company," Anderson added. "His retirement comes after a 30-year career in the industry and we are appreciative of all he has contributed to Delta's success over more than five years."
Under Shinkle's leadership, the AP business staff was honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for breaking news coverage and explanatory and feature writing. Prior to that, he was business editor at The Star-Ledger newspaper in Newark, N.J. During his tenure the Business Section was a five-time winner of SABEW's top award for general excellence and won a National Headliner Award. Shinkle also was a reporter at Bloomberg News, The Tampa Tribune and The Chapel Hill Newspaper.
Shinkle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Theory and History from Hillsdale College. He also is a member of the Board of Governors for SABEW. Shinkle and his family will relocate to Atlanta.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine's top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 322 destinations in 59 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry's leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta, Facebook.com/delta and Delta's blog takingoff.delta.com.
SOURCE Delta Air Lines