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With Wednesday's announcement of Richard Anderson’s retirement from Delta, social media lit up with messages of appreciation and well wishes for the outgoing CEO. In his nine years at the helm, Anderson propelled Delta to new heights of operational and financial excellence, as the company became one of the world’s most profitable airlines.

Here’s a look at some of the messages:


There's also growing excitement for incoming CEO Ed Bastian, who will take over the role of chief executive in May.

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