3. Bastian, 58, and his wife Anna have four children, including a school-age daughter. "I'm young at heart," Bastian said earlier this year shortly after being named to the CEO position. "I've got a 12-year-old, our youngest, so she's got designs on college and everything. I've got to keep working hard for her."
4. He was the oldest of nine children raised in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. Instead, Bastian studied accounting at St. Bonaventure University. "When I graduated college, I had never even stepped foot on an airplane," Bastian said. He went to work for accounting firm Price Waterhouse in New York.
5. He left Delta and came back. Bastian joined Delta in 1998 as vice president of finance and controller, was promoted to senior vice president in 2000, and departed in 2004 over strategic differences. He said he believed a plan to cut jobs, salaries and benefits wasn't going to work and that the company needed to make the decision to file for bankruptcy protection. He said he was "vocal internally and left," and took a job as chief financial officer for Acuity Brands. Six months later, Delta's then-CEO Jerry Grinstein asked him to come back as chief financial officer of the airline. Delta did end up filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and then charted a route to financial recovery, with Bastian leading the restructuring.