Southwest Airlines CEO Named Vice Chair
Delta Air Lines CEO Richard H. Anderson has been elected
chairman of the ATA Board of Directors. Southwest Airlines Chairman
of the Board, President and CEO Gary C. Kelly was named vice
chairman, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) said
Thursday. ATA is the industry trade organization representing the
larger U.S. airlines.
Delta CEO Richard Anderson
Anderson, who succeeds United's Glenn F. Tilton and Kelly both
will serve a two-year term.
"Richard Anderson is a strong leader and a proven chief
executive, with the necessary credentials to further propel the
mission of ATA as it faces the challenges and priorities in this
next Congress," said ATA President and CEO James C. May. "Richard
Anderson, Gary Kelly and incoming ATA President and CEO Nick Calio
will complement each other as the association's board
representatives with the administration and the new Congress."
"I look forward to working cooperatively with the
administration, Congress and regulatory agencies to advance
initiatives that support continued improvements in the financial
health of the U.S. aviation industry and maintain our focus on
safety," said Anderson. "Airlines are a vital industry in the U.S.
and provide 11 million jobs annually. Our association's focus is to
move tax and regulatory oversight in a direction that fosters
growth and makes us an even stronger economic engine for
"I look forward to serving as ATA Board vice chairman," Kelly
said. "I am committed to our continued work to help ensure the
long-term stability and viability of the aviation industry."
Southwest CEO Gary Kelly
Richard Anderson became Delta Air Lines CEO in September 2007
and was the architect of the airline's merger with Northwest
Airlines, which closed in October 2008. Prior to joining Delta,
Anderson was executive vice president at UnitedHealth Group and
served as president of UnitedHealth's Commercial Markets Group. He
also served as CEO of Northwest Airlines from 2001 to 2004.
Kelly began his career at Southwest Airlines as controller in
1986, moving up to chief financial officer and vice president of
finance, then executive vice president and CFO, before being
promoted to CEO and vice chairman in July 2004. Gary assumed the
role of chairman in May 2008 and president in July 2008. Prior to
joining Southwest Airlines in 1986, Gary was a CPA for Arthur Young
& Company in Dallas and controller for Systems Center, Inc.
ATA recently named Nicholas E. Calio president and CEO,
effective Jan. 1, 2011. Calio currently leads Global Government
Affairs for Citigroup, both in the United States and in the more
than 100 countries in which the company does business. Prior to
joining Citigroup in 2003, Calio was the assistant to the president
for legislative affairs and service as chief liaison to the U.S.
Congress for President George W. Bush, the same position he held
under President George H.W. Bush.