Richard Anderson: From Texas lawyer to running one of the world's biggest airlines

Delta Air Lines Inc. CEO Richard H. Anderson

AGE: 58.

HOMETOWN: Galveston, Texas.

FAMILY: Wife Sue, daughter Katy and son Rick.

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston-Clear Lake; law degree from South Texas College of Law.

CAREER: Worked in the District Attorney’s office in Harris County, Texas, from 1978 to 1987. Hired as an attorney at Continental Airlines in 1987. He moved to Northwest Airlines’ legal department in 1990, and was CEO from 2001 to 2004. He was an executive at UnitedHealth Group for three years until Delta named him CEO in 2007.

HOBBIES: Avid reader and history buff, and he likes to cook, having learned from his Italian grandmother. Vacations with his family in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness along the Minnesota-Ontario border.