Delta, NWA name leaders for merged airline

There are 27 comments on the www.usatoday.com story from Jul 15, 2008, titled Delta, NWA name leaders for merged airline. In it, www.usatoday.com reports that:

Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Tuesday its plans for the composition of its senior leadership team after it acquires Northwest Airlines Corp.

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Sold Out

Birmingham, AL

#1 Jul 15, 2008
We must remain viable, competative, and be ready to make sacrificies for the good of Northwest and me in particular: Doug Steenland. PS: See ya suckers!!!
EX-NWA FA

Florence, SC

#2 Jul 15, 2008
yes, yes, all you front line workers should take a 40% pay reduction and come to work more to increase efficiency, and we will need to reduce our work force to bare minimums. you will need to dumpster dive, shop at consignment shops, food warehouses etc. in the meantime, i will continue to reap all the benefits i can get, and buy a new mercedes, and a new lake mansion. as i run away, watch my flabby ass, and kiss it. i will get no jail time, b/c i basically ruined your careers and now i will never have to work again. in the meantime, i should be getting plastic surgery to correct my homeliness, but i'd rather be rich than ugly, so enjoy!
Google-man hnl

Kapaa, HI

#3 Jul 15, 2008
Soooooo, Doug M. Steenland will step-down and sit on the New Delta BOD's, and poor little Andy C. Roberts didn't get nuttin (a new position) for all his Outsourcing help; Anderson, what are you thinking, remember little Andy was the 'Hatchet Man'.. Well at least Delta's Stock will go thru the roof, just on those 2 changes alone.. Imagine little Andy Roberts, sitting with 'Croc-Dundee', jawing, telling how he snuck away from ScabAir, with $13.5 Mil Buckaroos in his pocket, and got Away With It, and nobody even noticed!!
Sold Out

Birmingham, AL

#4 Jul 15, 2008
EX-NWA FA wrote:
yes, yes, all you front line workers should take a 40% pay reduction and come to work more to increase efficiency, and we will need to reduce our work force to bare minimums. you will need to dumpster dive, shop at consignment shops, food warehouses etc. in the meantime, i will continue to reap all the benefits i can get, and buy a new mercedes, and a new lake mansion. as i run away, watch my flabby ass, and kiss it. i will get no jail time, b/c i basically ruined your careers and now i will never have to work again. in the meantime, i should be getting plastic surgery to correct my homeliness, but i'd rather be rich than ugly, so enjoy!
Funny, but oh so true!
Mary

AOL

#5 Jul 15, 2008
When Northwest locked out their aircraft repair staff to enter into that bogus bankrupcy we all knew it was over for Northwest. Service now bad, delays from mechanical reasons ect. Those left were told to dumpster dive. Bonouss given to the least deserving as with that evil CEO and his croneys.
Off and running

Ypsilanti, MI

#6 Jul 16, 2008
A review of the "Leadership Team" reveals that of the top 9 CEO, COO and EVPs, 5 from Delta and 4 from Northwest. Of the headcount, Delta's Anderson and Gorman have both worked at Northwest in the RECENT past and Anderson, Hirst and Campbell are lawyers.

Why is this important? A majority of the "Leadership Team" is comprised of decision-makers with a history of anti-labor/anti-customer service attitude and experience. Though it is being promoted that the "New Delta" will incorporate 'best practices' from each airline, with the penny pinching goobers having a NW connection as the majority, just which practices do you honestly think will prevail?
nwadeadhead11

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Jul 16, 2008
Off and running wrote:
A review of the "Leadership Team" reveals that of the top 9 CEO, COO and EVPs, 5 from Delta and 4 from Northwest. Of the headcount, Delta's Anderson and Gorman have both worked at Northwest in the RECENT past and Anderson, Hirst and Campbell are lawyers.
Why is this important? A majority of the "Leadership Team" is comprised of decision-makers with a history of anti-labor/anti-customer service attitude and experience. Though it is being promoted that the "New Delta" will incorporate 'best practices' from each airline, with the penny pinching goobers having a NW connection as the majority, just which practices do you honestly think will prevail?
I love it when they say "talent". How much "talent" does it take to take a viable company and run it into the ground? I thought talent meant being innovative, taking risks, being a great leader, taking losers and making them winners? What this "talented" team has done is the total opposite.
Speed Holman

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#8 Jul 16, 2008
nwadeadhead11 wrote:
<quoted text>I love it when they say "talent". How much "talent" does it take to take a viable company and run it into the ground? I thought talent meant being innovative, taking risks, being a great leader, taking losers and making them winners? What this "talented" team has done is the total opposite.
__________
Absolutely a prostitution of the language to call any senior executive group at at NWA for the last 20 years a "Leadership" team!
They have never led ANY group human beings in any shape or fashion in any real-world enterprise.
not a fine wine

United States

#9 Jul 16, 2008
Ben Hirst, Northwest's general counsel, will assume the role of general counsel at Delta.

Good old benney recruited dicky to work for frank lorenzo's union busting team. Now they're together again. Dougy calls this the best of both. I don't see any good coming of it. The names all have a dirty history attached. Fuel maybe costing the airlines a lot, but it will never cost the industry as much as these names have.
Dan Roman

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#10 Jul 16, 2008
not a fine wine wrote:
Ben Hirst, Northwest's general counsel, will assume the role of general counsel at Delta.
Good old benney recruited dicky to work for frank lorenzo's union busting team. Now they're together again. Dougy calls this the best of both. I don't see any good coming of it. The names all have a dirty history attached. Fuel maybe costing the airlines a lot, but it will never cost the industry as much as these names have.
__________
Amen!

Ben...one of the most poorly dressed, unkempt, seemingly hygiene-challenged, genuinely unpleasant persons it has ever been my misfortune to meet on the NWA property.

Just sad.
This whole bunch is merely a perpetuation of supreme venality and non-existent character.
Superior American

Sewell, NJ

#11 Jul 16, 2008
Speed Holman wrote:
<quoted text>
__________
Absolutely a prostitution of the language to call any senior executive group at at NWA for the last 20 years a "Leadership" team!
They have never led ANY group human beings in any shape or fashion in any real-world enterprise.
And now they get to NOT lead Delta.
Sold Out

Birmingham, AL

#12 Jul 16, 2008
"We will incorporate the best practices from both airlines" were the exact same words NW used when the acquired Republic Airlines in 1986. I know, I was there to see first hand what practices NW was referring to. It was a nightmare company to work for and the "practices" they were incorporating was "screw" the Republic people every chance you get. There was a long list of "core values" that was shoved down our throats on a daily basis. I put in thirty years before I could qualify for retirement, but thank God that day came and I walked away feeling I just got my freedom back. One would have to have been there to really appreciate what I just typed. BHM was hell hole number one.
Off and running

Shreveport, LA

#13 Jul 17, 2008
Now if this "Polit Bureau" is not enough to make the Delta flight attendants vote for a union, then not a single one will have the right to open there Jungle Red lips to complain!!!
not a fine wine

United States

#14 Jul 17, 2008
Sold Out wrote:
"We will incorporate the best practices from both airlines" were the exact same words NW used when the acquired Republic Airlines in 1986. I know, I was there to see first hand what practices NW was referring to. It was a nightmare company to work for and the "practices" they were incorporating was "screw" the Republic people every chance you get. There was a long list of "core values" that was shoved down our throats on a daily basis. I put in thirty years before I could qualify for retirement, but thank God that day came and I walked away feeling I just got my freedom back. One would have to have been there to really appreciate what I just typed. BHM was hell hole number one.
YES, northwest used the merger/buyout of Republic, to drive even a deeper divide of their employees. A house divided cannot stand. There in lies nwa's problem. Nwa never saw the airline as a team. It was always... money for us, money for planes, and whats left begrudgingly pass down.
Google-man hnl

Kapaa, HI

#15 Jul 17, 2008
not a fine wine wrote:
Ben Hirst, Northwest's general counsel, will assume the role of general counsel at Delta.
Good old benney recruited dicky to work for frank lorenzo's union busting team. Now they're together again. Dougy calls this the best of both. I don't see any good coming of it. The names all have a dirty history attached. Fuel maybe costing the airlines a lot, but it will never cost the industry as much as these names have.
FW, Check This Out: the New DAL BOD's > CEO Richard C. Anderson (NWA), Ex V.P. of Operations Michael Becker (NWA), Ex V.P. of OP's (Maint./Line) Steve Gorman (NWA), Chief Info. Officer Theresa Wise (NWA), Gen. Counsel Ben Hirst (NWA), Prez./CFO Ed Bastain, Ex.V.P. Labor/Comm. Michael Campbell, then a bunch of Directors and Hanger-on's... LOL !!
not a fine wine

United States

#16 Jul 17, 2008
Google-man hnl wrote:
<quoted text>FW, Check This Out: the New DAL BOD's > CEO Richard C. Anderson (NWA), Ex V.P. of Operations Michael Becker (NWA), Ex V.P. of OP's (Maint./Line) Steve Gorman (NWA), Chief Info. Officer Theresa Wise (NWA), Gen. Counsel Ben Hirst (NWA), Prez./CFO Ed Bastain, Ex.V.P. Labor/Comm. Michael Campbell, then a bunch of Directors and Hanger-on's... LOL !!
I agree, not much too hope for with that line up. Kinda like the super stars of greed in the business. These name should be on a plaque right under frank lorenzo's deeds of greed.
Yogi Berra

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#17 Jul 18, 2008
What a lineup!

There's no "There" there!!
not a fine wine

United States

#18 Jul 18, 2008
Yogi Berra wrote:
What a lineup!
There's no "There" there!!
You line them up. We'll pick the faces out of the crowd.
Google-man hnl

Waianae, HI

#19 Jul 19, 2008
not a fine wine wrote:
<quoted text>YES, northwest used the merger/buyout of Republic, to drive even a deeper divide of their employees. A house divided cannot stand. There in lies nwa's problem. Nwa never saw the airline as a team. It was always... money for us, money for planes, and whats left begrudgingly pass down.
FW, had Steve Rothmeir listened to the Unions plea, to let us all exchange our Republic Stock for Northwest Stock (no cost to employees), we would have generated the famous 'Poison Pill' clause, which would have prevented the Marvin Davis/Al Checchi Group 'run-up of stock', then the hostile take-over of the 'ole red-tail airline'... This was the only time that the IAM and it's 78 Law Firms (on retention) tried in vane, to save this Corporation from its own 'down the road path of Destruction'; of course Mr. Gary Wilson would have no part of this UNION Participation/Involvement, under any circumstances, what-so-ever ... and of course, Rothmeir/Horn got bit by the Greed Bug, which is very contagious, and the CDC as of this date, cannot find a cure ...
Mahatma Kane Jeeves

Southwest Brevard Cnty, FL

#20 Jul 21, 2008
Off and running wrote:
Now if this "Polit Bureau" is not enough to make the Delta flight attendants vote for a union, then not a single one will have the right to open there Jungle Red lips to complain!!!
It's more like a "Pullet Bureau"!!

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