Delta CEO featured as one of 25 leading American business innovators

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Alongside household names and innovative thought leaders including Tory Burch and Pharrell Williams, Delta CEO Ed Bastian is featured in the February print edition of Fast Company as one of 25 leading American business innovators.

The feature re-counts common main stage themes from the 2018 Fast Company Innovation Festival around “the importance of taking a stand, embracing creativity and inclusivity and finding trusted collaborators” that speakers, including Bastian, weaved throughout their appearances.

Bastian’s stance on ending a group airfare discount for the National Rifle Association, and the “heat” Delta took for it by way of Georgia lawmakers voting to eliminate a jet-fuel tax break are cited as examples of leadership in the piece, along with his view about why he chooses to fly in main cabin: “I want to be in the middle of what’s going on. That’s why I fly coach, because I want to hear from customers.”