Richard H. Anderson is Delta’s chief executive officer and a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Through the vision of Richard’s leadership team, Delta is a values-based company that is strategically and creatively reengineering the airline business model. The airline has reinvigorated a culture known for high employee engagement and gracious customer service. In 2011 Delta topped Fortune’s Most Admired Airlines list, a worldwide ranking based on people management, quality of management, innovation, long-term investment, social responsibility, quality of product and services and global competitiveness.
Richard was recognized with the “2010 Airline Strategy Award for Executive Leadership” presented by industry trade magazine “Airline Business” and global executive search firm Spencer Stuart following Delta’s merger integration with Northwest Airlines, which has been described as the gold standard for industry mergers.
Richard’s more than 25 years of aviation experience began in 1987 at Continental Airlines, where he served as deputy general counsel. In 1990, he began a 14-year career at Northwest Airlines where he progressed to chief executive officer from 2001 to 2004. In September 2007, Richard joined Delta from UnitedHealth Group, where he was executive vice president and president of UnitedHealth’s Commercial Markets Group.
Richard is chairman of the Airlines for America Board of Directors and has been elected to become chairman of the International Air Transport Association Board of Governors in June 2013. He also serves as a director on the Board of Medtronic, Inc. Richard was a recipient of the French Legion of Honor in 2011.
A native of Galveston, Texas, Richard holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law.