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Mike Spanos, Chief Operating Officer

Mike Spanos is Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines, leading more than 90,000 employees worldwide and ensuring safe and reliable operations for Delta’s nearly 200 million customers annually. As COO, Mike is responsible for setting and executing the operational vision to achieve Delta’s mission: No one better connects the world. That means putting safety above all else, overseeing industry-leading operations for the top U.S. airline, and delivering a welcoming, elevated and caring experience to customers. 

Spanos spent more than 25 years at PepsiCo and the Pepsi Bottling Group leading operations, strategy, commercial and frontline teams in various top leadership positions including President and CEO at PepsiCo International and Chief Customer Officer of Pepsi Beverages North America. 

Most recently before joining Delta in 2023, Spanos was President and CEO at Six Flags Entertainment. 

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Mike led teams during numerous deployments and also served as the senior instructor at the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania.