Delta's choice for its new CEO—an outsider who won the job over two internal candidates—is raising questions, the Journal reports. Newly emerged from 19 months of wrangling in bankruptcy court, the airline appointed former Northwest CEO Richard Anderson yesterday, sparking speculation about a future merger with Northwest and a possible new post-Chapter 11 strategy.
Anderson immediately shot down the merger rumor, saying, "Between Northwest and Delta there are no plans." Delta's outgoing CEO, Gerald Grinstein, had said that he hoped his successor would be Jim Whitehurst or Ed Bastian, both of whom were interviewed. Bastian will stay with the airline, but turnaround specialist Whitehurst's future is unclear.