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John E. “Ned” Walker, who served as Delta’s Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer during a period of growth and transition for the company, is returning to Delta in a similar position with increased responsibilities, effective Jan. 1, 2017. He will join as a member of the Delta Leadership Committee and will report to Chief Executive Officer Edward H. Bastian.

“I am delighted to bring Ned’s talent and expertise back to Delta. As we continue to take Delta to the next level, Ned’s knowledge of the company and the industry coupled with his deep experience in communicating our progress and success will be enormously invaluable,” said Bastian, who became CEO in May.

Walker served as Delta’s Chief Communications Officer from 2008 to 2014 after 25-plus years elsewhere in the airline industry, and upon retiring continued as a senior advisor to the Delta executive team.

“The opportunity to work again with Ed and the rest of the team at an especially exciting time for Delta was compelling and made me equally glad to return. Delta has led the industry for several years and I look forward to working to continue that success,” Walker said.

Walker takes over the CCO post from Kevin Shinkle, who has decided to leave Delta and return to the Northeast to be near his family. “I want to express my appreciation to Kevin for all he has accomplished since he joined our team over two years ago. We wish him well in his future endeavors,” Bastian said.

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