ATLANTA, Oct. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) Board of Directors today announced Ash Carter as its newest member, effective immediately. Carter is Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard Kennedy School and an Innovation Fellow at MIT. He served as U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2015 to 2017.
“Ash’s distinguished career in government service and expertise in global affairs, science and technology will be invaluable to Delta,” said Frank Blake, Delta’s non-executive chairman of the board.
“I am very pleased to be joining a special kind of enterprise that combines excellent technology and people in complex global operations,” Secretary Carter said.
Secretary Carter has served directly and indirectly under 11 Secretaries of Defense in both Democratic and Republican administrations. He served as Deputy Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013, functioning as the department’s chief operating officer; as Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2009 to 2011; and as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy from 1993 to 1996.
Outside of government service, Secretary Carter was most recently a distinguished visiting fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a Senior Executive at the Markle Foundation.
He earned bachelor degrees at Yale University and a doctorate in theoretical physics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 311 destinations in 54 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul, and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.
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