Meet the 2023 Four Pillar Honoree

The Council for Quality Growth is honored to have paid tribute to Ed Bastian, recipient of the 34th annual Four Pillar Award on October 12, 2023. Over 1,300 Council members, industry leaders, and friends of Ed gathered to celebrate the Council’s “Four Pillars” of leadership – Quality, Responsibility, Vision, and Integrity – exemplified in his work and throughout his life, through his chosen them of Leading with Purpose

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As CEO of Delta Air Lines, Ed Bastian leads a team of 90,000 global professionals who are building the world’s premier international airline, powered by a people-driven, customer-focused culture and spirit of innovation.

A 25-year Delta veteran, Ed has been a critical leader in Delta’s long-term strategy and champion of putting Delta’s shared values of honesty, integrity, respect, perseverance and servant leadership at the core of every decision.

Since being named Delta’s CEO in May 2016, Ed has expanded Delta’s leading position as the world’s most reliable airline while growing its global footprint and enhancing the customer experience in the air and on the ground. During his tenure as CEO, Delta has become the world’s most awarded airline.

When asked to sum up his job in five words, Ed’s response is: “Taking care of our people.” The answer reflects his leadership philosophy, which is based on the “virtuous circle” – if you take care of your people, they take care of your customers, whose business and loyalty allows you to reward your investors.

Ed joined Delta in 1998 as V.P. – Finance and Controller. He was named Chief Financial Officer in 2005, and in 2007 he was appointed to serve as Delta’s President. Before joining Delta, Ed held senior finance positions at Frito-Lay International and Pepsi-Cola International. Ed started his career with Price Waterhouse, where he became an audit partner in its New York practice.

He lives in Atlanta, and is deeply involved in his faith, family and community.

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