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The Search For A New Delta CEO  
User currently offlineLCFreeman49 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 102 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

http://www.ajc.com/business/content/...ories/2007/03/13/0313bizdelta.html

I came across this article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Delta is seeking a new CEO for Gerry Grinstein. Anyone heard any rumors about who might step in?


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2736 times:

Quoting LCFreeman49 (Thread starter):
Anyone heard any rumors about who might step in?

Some folks have been under the impression that John F. Smith Jr. was being groomed to be Grinstein's successor, although he is not an Delta executive employee. Considering DL's previous "outside of the box" CEO choice is part of the reason why they're at where they're at now, hopefully the new CEO will have prior airline industry experience. I guess if Virgin American fails to get off the ground, they could always hire Fred Reid back......


User currently offlineFoxecho From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 748 posts, RR: 17
Reply 2, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2724 times:

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):
I guess if Virgin American fails to get off the ground, they could always hire Fred Reid back.

Oh God no, he can go impale himself with an iron stick.


Andrew



..uh, we'll need that to live......
User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4136 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2691 times:

I've been under the impression that they will stay internal this time, and that it will either be current CFO Edward Bastian, or COO James Whitehurst. Word out of DL HQ is that August 31st will be the latest Grinstein will stay. I'm also hearing that he will remain on Delta's Board of Directors. DL is also looking for a non-executive chairman of that board.


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8913 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2687 times:

The two names that come up most frequently are Jim Whitehurst (COO) and Ed Bastian (CFO).

User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 667 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

I think the ideal replacement for Jerry would be someone who has been a part of the reorganization since it in turn will decide if DL is to thrive in the future. I would have to agree with the consensus that Whitehurst or Bastian would be good choices for Jerry's successor. Jerry has done a great job trying to clean up the mess that Leo and Ronnie left in ATL and should have been in charge following the Western merger. Just my  twocents 

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User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4136 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2643 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 5):
Jerry has done a great job trying to clean up the mess that Leo and Ronnie left in ATL and should have been in charge following the Western merger. Just my  twocents 

You're two cents have been invaluable to what SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED at DL two decades ago. From what I've read they actually discussed the future of DL with Jerry back then, and he reportedly asked to not be considered for the CEO job since he wanted the Western employees to become DL employees. Instead he has been on the BOD of DL and went on to orchestrate a successful merger between Burlington Northern RR and ATSF RR back in the mid-1990s.. He only got back into the CEO profession when he saw what a mess Ronald W. Allen and Leo Mullin had put the merged carrier in. I've often thought the same thing myself, Ronnie and Leo both fiddling while ATL burned!  twocents 



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User currently offlineDeltaGuy767 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 667 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2616 times:

Add to that naming their horses to the Board of Directors and you have another link to another infamous Roman Emperor  wink 

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DeltaGuy767



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User currently offlineWesternA318 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 5724 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 2589 times:

Quoting DeltaGuy767 (Reply 5):
Jerry has done a great job trying to clean up the mess that Leo and Ronnie left in ATL and should have been in charge following the Western merger. Just my  twocents 



Quoting SLCUT2777 (Reply 6):
You're two cents have been invaluable to what SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED at DL two decades ago. From what I've read they actually discussed the future of DL with Jerry back then, and he reportedly asked to not be considered for the CEO job since he wanted the Western employees to become DL employees. Instead he has been on the BOD of DL and went on to orchestrate a successful merger between Burlington Northern RR and ATSF RR back in the mid-1990s.. He only got back into the CEO profession when he saw what a mess Ronald W. Allen and Leo Mullin had put the merged carrier in.

Absolutely well put, y'all. I have to say, Grinstein would have never let DL go to the dogs as Allen and Mullin did.



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User currently offlineDl1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 386 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2525 times:

Quoting WesternA318 (Reply 8):
Grinstein would have never let DL go to the dogs as Allen and Mullin did.

Isn't Grinstein the one that brought Mullin in? And now he gets credit for cleaning up the very mess he helped create. Go figure.


User currently onlineSLCUT2777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 4136 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 2474 times:

Quoting Dl1011 (Reply 9):
Isn't Grinstein the one that brought Mullin in?

This was more of a collective BOD decision back in 1996-1997 rather than Jerry's choice alone as many like to assert. The consensus on the BOD at the time was that Ronald W. Allen was a product of to much inbreeding at DL. But the choice of Mullin was as I understand, was a result of several campaigns internally. It proved to be a disaster however.



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User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

I've got $20 placed on Whitehurst, I better not lose that money  Silly .

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):
I guess if Virgin American fails to get off the ground, they could always hire Fred Reid back......

*shudders* that's a scary idea that shouldn't even be spoken about*shudders more*


User currently offline77411 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 152 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Quoting DAL767400ER (Reply 11):
*shudders* that's a scary idea that shouldn't even be spoken about*shudders more*

I agree 110%. He was one of the people who guided DL into the mess it is in today and then bailed before the crash. If I were an employee of DL, and if they give him the helm, that very day I would start looking for a new employer. There is nothing guaranteed with the current people in charge but if Reid is placed in control, DL will be for sure, D.R.T.


User currently offlineDALMD88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 2614 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2298 times:

I have to second the Whitehust nomination. I haven't been to the love vest in ATL called the Velvet Rope Tour yet, but most that have gone have come back speaking very highly of Jim. Most have been very New England skeptics going in. I'm getting my Kool-Aide fill in the middle of April so I'll let you know what I think about him. For the record I do not blame Leo for all the trouble we have gone through. I also think without Ms Burns we would have been in Chpt 11 before UAL. My take on Ron Allen, the airline was run by idiots back then( Myself and a buddy didn't get hired do to that stupid psych test, neither of us have become molesters or serial killers. He did become a VP for a major before he went into consulting for a firm with a DL contract.).

User currently offlineLawnDart From United States of America, joined May 2005, 975 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (7 years 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

The Associated Press

Published on: 03/13/07

Delta Air Lines' unsecured creditors committee asked for court permission Tuesday to pay a search firm to help recruit a non-executive chairperson for the board of the reorganized Delta.

SSI Inc. is a consultant to the committee and is helping it identify, interview and assess proposed candidates for the new board.

Re-read the article...i don't think they are searching for a new CEO, they are searching for a new Chairman of the Board of Directors...

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):
I guess if Virgin American fails to get off the ground, they could always hire Fred Reid back......

Surely you jest...The quickest way to throw water on the renewed love of DL that DL employees have would be to hire this clown back...besides, everyone at DL that would have anything to do with the eventual CEO decision knows that Fred Reid does not...DOES NOT have what it takes to be CEO of a major air carrier. He was already passed over for the job at DL anyway...


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