Ed Bastian

CEO, Delta Airlines

As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian's primary responsibility is to champion the company's employee-driven, customer-focused culture and inspire the spirit of innovation that is the foundation of Delta's success.

An 18-year Delta veteran, Ed was a central part of the team that led the airline from bankruptcy to its current position as the industry's leader. Named Delta' s CEO in May 2016 , Ed is committed to putting Delta's shared values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance and servant leadership at the core ofeverydecision.

Under Ed's leadership, Delta is focused on operating the nation's most reliable a n d customer-centric airline ; expanding its global footprint; and striving to become the airline of choice for the next generation of travelers.

When asked to sum up his job in five words, Ed's response is: “Taking care of our people.” The answer reflects his leadership philosophy, which is based on the “virtuous circle” – if you take care of your people, they take care of your customers, whose business and loyalty allowsyou to rewardyourinvestors.

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 2004 and became Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officerof Acuity Brands.