Richard Anderson was raised in Galveston, Texas and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law. Anderson won the “2010 Airline Strategy Award for Executive Leadership” from the trade magazine “Airline Business” in recognition of the role he played in the company’s merger with Northwest Airlines, which has been described as the ‘gold standard’ for such similar industry mergers.
Due to Anderson’s vision and leadership Delta became a values-based company that is creatively and strategically re-engineering the airline business model. Anderson has over 25 years of experience in the airline industry beginning in 1987 at Continental Airlines, where he was the deputy general counsel. Anderson joined Northwest Airlines in 1990 where he stayed until 2004. In 2007 he came to Delta from the UnitedHealth Group where he served as executive vice president and president of UnitedHealth’s Commercial Markets Group.