Ed Bastian

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Ed Bastian
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Edward H. Bastian

(1957-06-06) June 6, 1957 (age 62)
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
Alma materSt. Bonaventure University
OccupationBusiness executive
TitleChief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines
TermMay 2, 2016 – present
PredecessorRichard Anderson
Board member ofAeroméxico, Atlanta Committee for Progress, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Woodruff Arts Center, Virgin Atlantic Airlines

Edward H. Bastian (born June 1957) is an American business executive. He is the ninth and current chief executive officer of Delta Air Lines, serving in this role since May 2, 2016.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Bastian grew up in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the oldest of nine children. His father was a dentist; his mother, a dental assistant. The Bastians operated their dental practice from within the family home.[2]

In 1979, Bastian received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Bonaventure University in Cattaraugus County, New York.[3] He is a Certified Public Accountant.[4]


Bastian began his career as an auditor in New York at Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. During a 1981 annual review, he uncovered a $50 million fraud scheme involving ad powerhouse J. Walter Thompson. This prompted a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, leaving many Price Waterhouse executives with marred careers. A few years later, he was named partner at age 31.[2]

After Price Waterhouse, he served as Vice President at PepsiCo, where he managed international finances for its Frito-Lay snack division until 1998, when he joined Delta Air Lines as Vice President - Finance and Controller. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President – Finance and Controller.

Bastian left Delta in 2005 to become Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Acuity Brands. Six months later, at the request of then-Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein, he returned to the airline to serve as Chief Financial Officer.[5] In 2007, he was appointed to President, a position he held until assuming the role of CEO in May 2016.[6] His transition to CEO was the first time Delta had chosen a chief executive officer from within the company since 1987.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bastian is a twice-divorced[8] father of four children.[9] He splits his time between Atlanta, where Delta Air Lines is headquartered, and Florida.[10]

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ "Delta announces executive succession". Delta News Hub. Delta Air Lines. February 3, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Tully, Shawn (November 27, 2018). "Delta Buckles Up For Turbulence". Fortune. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  3. ^ Belcher, Mark (February 4, 2016). "St. Bonaventure grad to take over for Delta Air Lines CEO Anderson as he retires". WIVB-TV. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Edward "Ed" Bastian". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  5. ^ Cohen, Brian. "Ed Bastian to Succeed Richard Anderson as Chief Executive Officer of Delta Air Lines". The Gate. BoardingArea. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Edward Bastian Restructures Delta Into The "Winningest" Airline". Chief Executive. January 2, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  7. ^ Blau, Max (April 28, 2016). "Can new Delta CEO Ed Bastian continue the airline's success?". Atlanta. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "Bastian on list of candidates for Delta CEO job". www.tmcnet.com. 3 October 2006.
  9. ^ AJC.com. June 20, 2016 https://www.ajc.com/blog/airport/things-know-about-delta-ceo-bastian/fJiR1xE49lSCTPpgyv5STO/. Retrieved December 28, 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Purcell, Amanda J. (April 5, 2016). "Poughkeepsie native named CEO of Delta Air Lines". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Metro Atlanta Chamber Announces 2021 Chair And Launches New Digital Tool To Promote The Region". Metro Atlanta Chamber. November 29, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "The World's 50 Greatest Leaders". Fortune. April 19, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  13. ^ Simmons, Kenna; Percy, Susan (February 2018). "2018 Georgia Trustees". Georgia Trend. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  14. ^ "Highest Rated CEOs 2017". Glassdoor. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "Q&A with Ed Bastian, 2017 Most Admired CEO". Atlanta Business Chronicle. July 31, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2018.