Regionals Update: Siebenburgen makes way for Buttrell at Delta Connection

 - May 27, 2008, 6:06 AM

Delta Air Lines’ “realignment” of its regional subsidiaries reached the top levels of management last month, when Delta senior v-p of strategy and business development Fred Buttrell became president and CEO of Delta Connection. Buttrell replaced long-time Comair CEO David Siebenburgen, considered by many the father of the regional jet movement in the U.S. The personnel changes coincide with Delta’s decision to move its subsidiary’s headquarters from Cincinnati to Atlanta “to more closely align Delta Connection with Delta on commercial issues.”

Siebenburgen, 54, will continue his duties as chairman of Delta AirElite Business Jets, a Delta Connection subsidiary that markets executive jet service to corporate clients. Siebenburgen became CEO of Delta Connection after Delta bought a controlling stake in Comair in January last year.

Another change involved Delta’s decision to replace Delta Connection’s v-p of flight operations, Dave Bushy, with former Delta director of investor relations Joe Kolshak. Bushy proved a central figure in the extended labor negotiations with Comair’s pilots, whose 89-day strike earlier this year nearly spelled the demise of the Cincinnati-based regional carrier. Bushy will continue to serve as the airline’s representative with industry groups in the areas of pilot resource planning, training and recruitment. He also plans to continue flying as a Boeing 767 captain.