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Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 4:29 pm

David C. Garrett, Jr., CEO of Delta 1978-1987, died June 2, 2012 at the age of 89.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_C._Garrett,_Jr.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:20 pm

He was a decent and kind Gentleman. He followed many good principles of Delta's founder, Mr C. E. Woolman.
 
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:35 pm

R. I. P., Mr. Garrett.

In my mind, he was one of the most under rated airline CEOs of all time. His leadership enabled DL to thrive under deregulation, even as DL rivals like EA and UA struggled.

I'm sure he was saddened to see DL lose its way after he retired, but at least he lived long enough to see DL recover and reclaim the legacy he helped create.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:44 pm

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 2):
In my mind, he was one of the most under rated airline CEOs of all time.

Indeed! I actually never heard of him until this post but followed deregulation very closely and have tones of books on it. To that end when academics write about deregulation or wherever its documented you only hear about Crandall (American) Wolf and Ferris (United) Lorenzo (Continental, Eastern, etc) Icahn (TWA) and somewhat Don Burr (People Express). Yet with all the high profile drama and theatrics over the first en years of deregulation its interesting how Delta marched on and by 1987 I would argue was clearly in the Big 3-setting stage for what they are today.
 
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:26 pm

He was a kind and decent man. More here: http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/n...r-delta-ceo-dave-garrett-dies.html

Additionally, fair use from the article:

“Dave Garrett was the very embodiment of Delta -- a keeper of its invaluable traditions but also a leader who led the expansion into the Western U.S., elevating the air line into a powerful national carrier,” said former Delta CEO Jerry Grinstein, in a statement. “It was during Dave’s tenure that the people of Delta gave a 767 to the company, a perfect symbol of what make’s Delta unique. That gift also represents the continuing trust and respect at every level of the company that is Dave’s very special legacy.”

His son, Dave Garrett III, shared with Delta the memory of his father taking coffee to employees at the airport on cold days.

“Delta people cannot imagine how important they were to him,” Garrett III told the airline. “From the time I was a little guy, Delta was part of our family. And whenever he talked about what made Delta great, it was about the people.”
 
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:18 pm

Here's the announcement, from the AJC.....


http://www.ajc.com/news/former-delta-ceo-david-1452035.html
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:12 pm

I also understand from talking to a few employees here in Atlanta today that they're doing the memorial service under the 767 in the Heritage Museum. Nice touch.
 
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:18 pm

Quoting catiii (Reply 6):
I also understand from talking to a few employees here in Atlanta today that they're doing the memorial service under the 767 in the Heritage Museum. Nice touch.

How appropriate, as he was CEO when "Project 767" was hatched and when the a/c was given to the company.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Tue Jun 05, 2012 10:03 am

Mr Garrett, Thank You for your service to the Delta Family. R.I.P. and condolences to His Family for their loss.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:16 pm

Mr. Garrett definitely left a legacy and his reputation extended even beyond the walls of Delta. My grandfather was a NW pilot and very involved in labor relations with the company through ALPA. He was very impressed with how Mr. Garrett worked as a team with the Delta people. He fondly spoke of a time when, on a flight from ORD-NRT, a flight attendant mentioned to him that Mr. Garrett was traveling on the flight. He said he had to take a moment to step out there and shake hands with him. Condolences to the Garrett family.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:55 pm

I flew with him on the inaugural TLH -> ATL flight in 1983.

A true gentleman and very pleasant travel companion.

The memorial plaque from that flight is on my desk to this day.

My condolences to the family.
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RE: Former CEO Of DL, Dies

Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:57 pm

He was a gentleman, and an effective CEO who led Delta through times other airlines didn't make it through, with little drama and extraordinary good will from employees and passengers.

RIP
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