Gorman In, Koshak Out
A shake-up at Delta Air
Lines of its operations executives has a former Northwest Airline
executive Stephen Gorman replacing Joe Kolshak. Gorman who was once
in charge of operation and maintenance at Northwest Airlines comes
to Delta from Greyhound Lines. Kolshak, 50, is retiring after 20
years at Delta, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The move came a day after Delta said it had opted not to hire a
chief financial officer to take over part of President Ed Bastian's
duties as the No. 2 executive and CFO.
These changes come after Delta's board of directors picked
former Northwest Chief Executive Richard Anderson as Delta's CEO,
three months ago, bypassing Bastian and another candidate. Gorman,
52, the new executive vice president will be in charge of Delta's
flight operations, maintenance, airport customer service and Delta
Global Services, a subsidiary that provides various passenger and
"His experience, knowledge of the airline industry and ability
to deliver superior results make him an ideal leader to build on
the extraordinary operational performance Delta people deliver
every day," said Delta officials.
Gorman, who worked at
Northwest from 1996 to 2001, the same time as Anderson was working
his way up at the Minneapolis-based carrier. Anderson led Northwest
as their CEO from 2001 to 2004.
After leaving Northwest, Gorman went to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts'
North American division, then an effort to turnaround Greyhound
Lines Gorman took the CEO seat there for four years. Kolshak
retires January 1, and has relinquished his daily duties
immediately, according to Delta.
"Joe has made significant contributions to Delta, and we
appreciate his dedication to the company," Anderson said. "He
agreed to continue in his role until we completed a search for his
replacement, and we are pleased Steve is ready to join the Delta
Former Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein chose Kolshak as his
operations chief in 2004. Kolshak, who joined Delta as a pilot,
once headed the company's investor relations department.