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Senior Vice President

Local Address: Excelsior, Minnesota, United States
Delta Connection

Employment History

  • Vice President of Performance Management
    Delta Connection
  • President
    Delta Connection
  • President
    Comair Inc.
  • Chief Financial Officer
    Comair Inc.


  • bachelor's degree , business administration
    Eastern Kentucky University
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Comair announced Tuesday that ..., 9 Oct 2007 [cached]
Comair announced Tuesday that Don Bornhorst, president of the Erlanger-based regional carrier, will become senior vice president of Delta Connection on Oct. 15.He'll oversee the nine regional airlines that provide service under the Delta banner, including Comair.
Bornhorst will be replaced by John Selvaggio, the founder and former president of Song, Delta's discount carrier.
Bornhorst, 42, became president of Comair in May 2006.Prior to that, the Erlanger native held several senior positions with Comair, including chief financial officer, vice president of information systems and senior vice president of customers.He was also vice president of performance management for Delta Connection.
A certified public accountant, Bornhorst joined Comair in 1991, after working as a senior consultant for Deloitte & Touche.
Don Bornhorst, a senior vice ..., 24 Oct 2013 [cached]
Don Bornhorst, a senior vice president of Delta Air Lines and an Eastern Kentucky University graduates, present a model of a Delta airliner to EKU President Michael Benson after speaking at EKU on Thursday.
EKU was "just the right fit" for him, Bornhorst said, and he wouldn't exchange his education with anyone.
Although he may not have realized it at the time, his EKU experience, both in and out of the classroom, was preparing him for the career he would follow.
He encouraged the students he spoke to earlier to "really experience college" and take advantage of every opportunity to learn, grow and lead. That is more important than which college a young person attends, he said.
In addition to every seat being filled, nearly 40 students stood to hear him speak, Bornhorst said.
He told the educators and business people at the luncheon not to underestimate young people's hunger for information.
After graduating from EKU in 1987, Bornhorst joined a national accounting firm and was assigned as an auditor for Delta Air Lines affiliate Comair, based in northern Kentucky where he grew up.
About 14 years later, he went to work for Comair, rising through the ranks to become its president.
When Comair was sold to Delta, the stock that Bornhost's father bought for $800 when his son was a high school student, had risen in value to $18,000.
For the past six years, Bornhorst has been president of the Delta Connection based in Minneapolis, Minn.
After years of struggles and huge losses, the airline industry, especially Delta, has turned around, Bornhorst said.
Delta has risen from a $10 billion loss in 2002 to an expected profit of about $2 billion this year and $1.2 billion in 2012.
The airline, with $20 billion in assets, has reduced its debt to below $10 billion, and its stock has risen by 163 percent.
Part of its new-found profitability can be attributed to its purchase of a Pennsylvania oil refinery, which assures reasonable fuel prices, Bornhorst said.
Other airlines have talked about purchasing their own refineries, but only Delta has done it.
More important to Delta's recent success, Bornhorst said, has been the "servant leadership" culture introduced by Delta's president, Richard Anderson.
Because the airline industry is on the upswing and a generation of pilots is about to retire, Bornhorst said he expects Delta to hire about 600 pilots a year for the next decade. Other airlines will be hiring, too, he said.
He commended EKU's FAA-accredited baccalaureate aviation program, one of only six in the country. The program is well known and highly regarded in the industry, Bornhorst said.
Delta hires only college graduates as pilots, and Bornhorst said he advised EKU's aviation students to get their degrees, work five or six years for a regional carrier and then choose to work for Delta, even if they have offers from other airlines.
Fortune magazine recently rated Delta as "a great place to work," which Bornhorst said also reflects its servant leadership culture.
When Don Bornhorst touches something, it may not turn to gold, but it seems to rise dramatically in value. That was evident from remarks the Delta Air Lines senior vice president made Thursday when he addressed a group of local business and academic leaders as part of Eastern Kentucky University's College of Business and Technology's Distinguished Speaker series. The luncheon event was co-sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and the Richmond Rotary Club.
Donald T. ..., 23 July 2013 [cached]
Donald T. Bornhorst
Donald T. Bornhorst Senior Vice President of Delta Connection Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Don Bornhorst was named senior vice president of Delta Connection on October 15, 2007. He joined Delta after serving as president of Delta's regional subsidiary Comair, since May 2006. During his 16 years with Comair, Don worked with each of the airline's major operational groups. Prior to becoming president he served as Comair's chief financial officer. He has also served as vice president of Information Systems and senior vice president of Customers with oversight of Customer and Inflight Services.
Don previously served as vice president of Performance Management for Delta Connection in 2000 and 2001. Prior to 2000, Don served in various roles in Finance, Flight Operations, Customer Service and Aircraft Maintenance. Before joining Comair in 1991, Don worked at Deloitte & Touche as a senior consultant. Don is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., where he earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with a focus in accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant
"We just really couldn't get the ..., 20 Aug 2012 [cached]
"We just really couldn't get the cost structure to where we wanted to get it," said Don Bornhorst, senior vice president of Delta Connection and a former Comair president. "It ultimately was a cost issue; it wasn't a quality issue with Comair. They're a good airline, great employees, very innovative ... we just could not solve the cost issues." Delta, based in Atlanta, had about 500 of the 50-seat regional jets in 2008 and plans to reduce that to 125 within two years. Most of that flying will be done by new 76-seat jets as well as the 117-seat Boeing 717s that Delta is leasing from Southwest Airlines. Delta said Friday that it has stopped flying 16 of the remaining Comair 50-seaters, and will lease the carrier's other 28 planes to other operators. Bornhorst said employees have 60-day termination notices.
In a memo issued today to ..., 27 July 2012 [cached]
In a memo issued today to the Officers and Directors of Delta Air Lines, Don Bornhorst, Senior Vice President of Delta Connection, said:
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