Bastian to succeed Anderson as Delta CEO

Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson (left) with Delta president, Ed Bastian (right)

Delta Air Lines president, Ed Bastian is to succeed Richard Anderson as chief executive officer (CEO), who will be elevated to executive chairman of the board of directors from 2 May 2016.

On the same date, executive vice president, Glen Hauenstein will be appointed president with senior executive vice president, Gil West becoming the chief operating officer. Delta director, Frank Blake will be appointed lead director of the Delta Air Lines board of directors, and non-executive chairman, Dan Carp will stand down but remain on the board.

Speaking about Bastian’s promotion, Anderson says: “Ed has been a critical part of Delta’s success. He is an exceptional leader and has been an invaluable partner in leading the remarkable transformation of Delta over the last decade.”

Thanking Anderson for his work as CEO, Carp says: “Richard has been an outstanding leader and CEO. His unique combination of strategic and operating skills, plus his commitment to employees, corporate culture, customers and shareholders has redefined Delta and led to an entirely new and better way of flying around the world.”