Gwinnett Chamber Launches New Executive Insights Series Featuring Delta CEO, Ed Bastian

Designed to offer a personal, in-depth look into metro Atlanta’s most inspiring leaders, the Gwinnett Chamber’s new Executive Insights series, presented by LAN Systems, will debut 7:30 a.m. Thursday, June 16, at the Infinite Energy Forum.

“We are thrilled to have Ed Bastian speak at our inaugural Executive Insights event,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “His career at Delta is truly an inspiring story; one which attendees will look forward to hearing first hand. We anticipate this motivational talk will reveal real-life experiences, leaving attendees both encouraged and enthused. We are honored to have Ed share his story and proud to have him call our community home.”

About Ed Bastian:
Ed Bastian became Chief Executive Officer on May 2, after nearly 20 years with the airline. In his previous role as President, he focused on leading Delta’s commercial and international functions and strengthening its financial foundation through innovation, debt reduction, revenue growth and bolstering its global network.

Bastian played a pivotal role in finalizing Delta’s acquisition of Northwest Airlines in 2008 and managing the airlines’ successful integration. Since that time, he and his team have led Delta’s continued transformation by developing strategies to make the business less vulnerable to economic cycles.

He 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 to become Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Acuity Brands before returning to Delta six months later to serve as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Bastian was appointed to serve as Delta’s President in September 2007. 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.

Bastian 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.

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