ATLANTA, Nov. 9, 2007 — Shirley Bridges, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) senior vice president and chief information officer, was recognized this week as 2007 Georgia CIO of the Year® by the Georgia CIO Leadership Association (GCLA). The award honors Bridges’ excellence in managing enterprise-wide information systems, which power real-time operational control throughout the airline, as well as valuable up-to-the-minute flight information for customers through delta.com, gate information display screens and messages to personal mobile and web-enabled devices.
“The success of Delta’s state-of-the-art technology backbone is a testament to the skill of Delta’s technology team and to the invaluable collaboration between technology and business divisions at Delta,” said Bridges in a speech accepting the award on behalf of all Delta and Delta Technology employees during a breakfast ceremony in Atlanta Nov. 8.
Also in attendance, Mike Campbell, Delta’s executive vice president, Human Resources and Labor Relations, said, “This is a wonderful and well-deserved recognition of Shirley and her technology team. I’m very proud of the results she and her team have achieved – and for the great customer service they enable Delta to provide – in an increasingly complex and dynamic industry.”
Bridges is the ninth annual recipient in the GCLA Global award category which recognizes technology leaders of companies with more than 2,500 information technology users and multinational operations.
Now with more than 30 years of project management and information technology experience, Bridges joined Delta’s information technology department in 1990. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clark Atlanta University and holds a master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University.
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.