Wheels Up (NYSE: UP), the leading brand in private aviation, today announced that Delta Air Lines Senior Vice President Dwight James has joined its Board of Directors, effective Feb. 24.
He fills the unexpired term of fellow Delta Executive Eric Phillips, who is stepping down to focus on other commitments. James is expected to stand for election to a full term on the Board at the company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders later this year. He will also fill Phillips’s role on the Board’s Safety and Security Committee, according to a press release.
“We are delighted to add someone with Dwight’s extensive global aviation background to our Board of Directors,” said Wheels Up Chairman and CEO Kenneth Dichter.
“Dwight brings a unique perspective, strategic orientation and a clear view of the opportunity in private aviation. I’d also like to thank Eric for his time, energy and service to the Board and Wheels Up. His contributions over the past two years have been invaluable as we’ve become the first publicly traded private aviation company in the United States. We wish him all the best and know he will remain very close to the Wheels Up family.”
James currently serves as Delta’s senior vice president — Customer Engagement and Loyalty, as well as the CEO of Delta Vacations. During his nearly 13-year career at Delta, James has served in several senior roles, including SVP — Pricing and Revenue Management and SVP — International Pricing & Revenue Management. Prior to Delta, he held roles in corporate strategy, business development and M&A functions at The Home Depot and Deloitte Consulting.
“With a growing business and iconic brand, Wheels Up is well positioned for success,” said James.
“I’m excited to join a deep and experienced Board and work with a strong management team on this unique opportunity to shape the next chapter for the company and the future of private travel.”
James also serves on the Board of Directors of Floor and Décor (NYSE: FND), a leading multi-channel specialty retailer of hard surface flooring and related accessories. He has a B.A. in Business Administration from Morehouse College and an MBA from Duke University – The Fuqua School of Business.