Delta’s Anderson Steps Down as Chairman

By Jesse Sokolow on 11 October 2016
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DSC_4940Delta Air Lines announced that Richard Anderson retired from the position of executive chairman Tuesday. Anderson has held that position since stepping down as the airline’s CEO in the spring.

Anderson took on the position of chief executive of the airline shortly after its emergence from bankruptcy in 2007 and remained at the helm through May of this year. Prior to his role at Delta, he served as CEO of Northwest Airlines, which would later merge with Delta, from 2001 through 2004 and as executive vice president at United Healthcare from 2004 through 2007.

Once at Delta, he oversaw the merger with Northwest, which created the world’s largest airline at the time the merger closed.

Frank Drake, a Delta board member who is the former CEO of Home Depot, will become non-executive chairman, the airline said in a statement.

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