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Background Information

Employment History


Comair Inc.

Chief Financial Officer

Comair Inc.

Senior Vice President

Delta Connection

Vice President of Performance Management

Delta Connection


Delta Connection


bachelor's degree

business administration

Eastern Kentucky University

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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

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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.

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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.

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Don Bornhorst

Within this role, Bornhorst oversees the day-to-day operations of nine of Delta's partner airlines and leads efforts to ensure Delta Connection service is seamless with mainline operations.
Bornhorst, a 16-year industry veteran, most recently served as Comair's president after working in every major operating group at Comair. His entry into the airline industry was a natural move as he grew up on land since covered by a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport's runway, not far from Comair's headquarters in Erlanger, Ky. Bornhorst joined Comair in 1991 after working as a consultant for a financial professional services firm. Before becoming president, he served as Comair's chief financial officer, vice president of Information Systems and senior vice president of Customers with oversight of Customer Services and In-flight.
This winter, Brother Bornhorst joined Phi Delts from across North Ameica in St. Louis for the Fraternity's annual winter conferences. Speaking during the opening night of the Presidents Leadership Conference and Recruitment Boot Camp, Don passed along a message to more than 300 Phis called "Leading with Principles. During the speech, Brother Bornhorst dissected Morrison's philosophy, "To do what ought to be done, but would not have been done, I thought to be my duty", and related it to his life and career.

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Comair Names Don Bornhorst as New President

Comair Names Don Bornhorst as New President (Stock Trading)
Comair Names Don Bornhorst as New President CINCINNATI, May 26, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) - Comair today announced that Don Bornhorst is the regional airline's new president, effective immediately.Bornhorst, a 15-year industry and Comair-veteran, replaces Fred Buttrell, who joined the airline in January 2005 and led a resurgence in the carrier's operation and performance rankings.

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