Delta Technology`s Premier 100 IT Leader

Delta Technology, a wholly owned information technology subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), today announced that Mike Childress, Delta Technology senior vice president - Development, has been recognized by IDG’s Computerworld, the weekly newspaper for IT leaders, as one of the business world’s Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2003. The award honors individuals who have creatively applied technology to execute their organization’s business strategy.

Childress oversees the software development for Delta’s IT solutions, including requirements-gathering and architecture. Childress also serves as the primary liaison for Delta Technology working with Delta to create a superior customer experience by leveraging technology to increase convenience and efficiency in travel.

“Mike is instrumental in transforming business processes, enabling innovation and achieving positive business results for Delta Air Lines,” said Delta Air Lines Chief Information Officer, Curtis Robb. “During his tenure with Delta Technology, he has worked continuously to foster strong relationships with Delta Technology employees, colleagues and customers. He invests in building Delta Technology’s human capital by teaching and leading by example.”

The Premier 100 IT Leaders award recognizes exceptional technology leadership, innovative approaches to business challenges, and effective execution of comprehensive IT strategies. Childress will be honored at the Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference, Feb. 23-25, 2003 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Premier 100 IT Leaders are highlighted in the Jan. 6, 2003 issue of Computerworld and online at

“IT leaders are responsible for a wide variety of initiatives that are vital to business—ranging from customer service to security assurance to a cost-effective supply chain,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Computerworld`s Premier 100 IT Leaders highlight an elite class of technology thought-leaders who truly practice what they preach about using IT to creatively solve business problems and enable new services.”


Since joining Delta Technology in 1996, Childress has served as vice president of the Delta Nervous System, where he was responsible for the common infrastructure components within Delta Technology, overseeing Middleware Services, Systems Management, Operational Data & Events and Enterprise Data Access & Business Services; and as vice president of Customer Systems where his responsibilities included development and support of information technology solutions for Delta’s Call Centers, Airports, Consumer Marketing, Air Logistics and

Delta Technology, Inc. is Delta Air Lines wholly owned information technology subsidiary. Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., DTs 2,000 IT professionals develop innovative technology solutions to improve the travel experience for Delta customers, enhance shareowner value and increase employee satisfaction. The company’s customer service, e-business and Internet innovations have been widely recognized by customers and IT industry experts and received multiple awards. DT’s mission is powering Delta through technology innovation. For more information, please go to

Computerworld is the only integrated media company focused exclusively on the information needs of IT Leaders—those who manage and implement technology in Global 2000 organizations. The company’s flagship weekly newspaper—along with its Web site and conference series for IT Leaders—form the U.S.-based hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) worldwide IT media network. Publishing since 1967, Computerworld has been recognized numerous times by Folio: Magazine and the Computer Press Association as the best computer newspaper, and was named to the “Media Power 50” in 2002 by Crain Communications’ BtoB Magazine. Winner of more than 70 print and online editorial awards since 1998, Computerworld has a newspaper circulation of 202,000, a total print audience of 1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of 800,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT Leaders are available at

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at