Edward H. Bastian is president of Delta Air Lines and a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Ed directs a team focused on strengthening Delta’s financial foundation through strategic innovation, debt reduction, revenue growth and bolstering the airline’s global network. Ed also is a member of the Boards of Directors for Virgin Atlantic, Aeromexico and GOL.
Ed’s responsibilities include oversight of expanding ancillary businesses such as Delta Cargo, Delta TechOps, Delta Private Jets and Delta Global Services; and expanding relationships with global partners through the SkyTeam alliance and cross-border joint ventures such as Delta’s industry-leading joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as strategic partnerships with GOL airlines of Brazil and Aeromexico.
Ed played a pivotal role in finalizing Delta’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines in 2008 and managing the airlines’ successful integration. Since that time, Ed and his team have overseen Delta’s continued transformation through strategies to make the business less vulnerable to economic cycles. Examples include: the purchase of a refinery which is expected to save the airline $300 million annually; reducing Delta’s debt to increase its flexibility; and investing in the Delta experience from facilities enhancements at several of Delta’s hubs to online and in-flight product improvements which, combined, are expected to contribute more than $1 billion in annual benefits to Delta.
Prior to his appointment as president, Ed served as executive vice president and chief financial officer, a position he held beginning in 2005. Ed also served as chief restructuring officer between 2005 and 2007, playing a crucial role in the airline’s swift and successful Chapter 11 reorganization.
Ed joined Delta in 1998 as vice president – Finance and Controller and was promoted to senior vice president in 2000. He left Delta in early 2005 to become senior vice president and chief financial officer of Acuity Brands. He returned to Delta in July 2005.
Ed has broad finance and audit experience, including serving as vice president – Finance for Pepsi Cola International, vice president – Business Processes reengineering for Frito-Lay, vice president – Finance and Controller for Frito-Lay International, and as a partner in the New York audit practice of Price Waterhouse specializing in the entertainment, advertising and manufacturing sectors. He also served as the strategic planning partner for Price Waterhouse’s New York Region.
A 1979 graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Ed serves on the Boards of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International and the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Anna, and their four children.