PRNewswire-FirstCall ATLANTA Oct. 23 :
Delta Air Lines today announced the election of Larry D. Thompson, most
recently Deputy Attorney General of the United States, to its Board of
Directors, effective immediately.
“Larry Thompson is an outstanding and universally respected attorney and
public servant who will bring to Delta`s Board of Directors insight and
deep experience in corporate affairs and governance, national security and
an informed perspective of the role of business in our society,” said Leo
F. Mullin, Delta chairman and chief executive officer. “In addition to his
public service, Larry also has extensive experience as a lawyer
representing top U.S. companies and individuals as a corporate and private
attorney. He will add a new and welcome dimension to Delta`s strong and
“Delta is one of the world`s great airlines with strong values, a focus on
customer service and wonderful people,” Thompson said. “I look forward to
working with Leo Mullin and the Board of Directors as the company
competes, prospers and grows.”
Thompson, 57, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Deputy Attorney General,
the No. 2 job in the Justice Department, in 2001. As Deputy Attorney
General, Thompson served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Department
of Justice (DOJ) with oversight responsibilities for the Department`s
components and initiatives, including the nation`s U.S. Attorneys, law
enforcement, prisons and national security. In 2002, he was designated to
chair the Bush administrations` corporate fraud task force.
Thompson left the Justice Department in August 2003 and joined the
Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., as
a Senior Fellow. Beginning in January 2004, he will teach at the
University of Georgia School of Law.
Prior to his work at the DOJ, Thompson was a partner at King & Spalding,
an Atlanta law firm, which he first joined in 1977. In the years since
1977, he left King & Spalding on several occasions for public service
positions. In April 2000, Thompson was selected to chair the Judicial
Review Commission on Foreign Asset Control. In 1995, he was independent
counsel for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
From 1982 to 1986 he served as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of
Georgia. Prior to joining King & Spalding in 1977, he worked as an
attorney at Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Mo.
Thompson is a 1967 cum laude graduate with a bachelor`s degree in
sociology from Culver-Stockton College. He earned a master`s degree in
sociology from Michigan State University in 1969. He received his law
degree in 1974 from the University of Michigan Law School.
Delta Air Lines, the world`s second largest airline in terms of passengers
carried and the leading U.S. carrier across the Atlantic, offers 6,130
flights each day to 453 destinations in 82 countries on Delta, Song, Delta
Shuttle, Delta Connection and Delta`s worldwide partners. Delta is a
founding member of SkyTeam, a global airline alliance that provides
customers with extensive worldwide destinations, flights and services. For
more information, please go to delta.com .