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Delta Adds Regulatory Focus With In-House Hire
Delta Air Lines is signaling an increased focus on government regulation and compliance with its announcement this week that Robert Rivkin is coming on board as senior vice president and deputy general counsel, international and regulatory affairs. Its a new position that, according to the Atlanta-based airline, reflects Delta's growing global presence and the increasing importance to Delta of governmental regulation and oversight in the U.S. and abroad.
The addition of Rivkin to the in-house legal staff comes just days after Delta joined with Virgin Atlantic in a joint venture for expanded flights between the U.S. and U.K.and sought antitrust immunity from the U.S Department of Transportation. Delta is paying $360 million for a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. and, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, If antitrust immunity is approved, the two carriers would operate a total of 31 peak-day round-trip flights between the U.K. and North America, 23 of which would operate at London-Heathrow.
Rivkin joins Delta with plenty of frequent-flier miles from the DOT. His previous position was a four-year stint as general counsel to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Before working for the DOT, Rivkin was vice president and deputy general counsel of global risk management and insurance brokerage firm Aon Corporation, and served for four years as general counsel of the Chicago Transit Authority.
In a statement, Delta general counsel Ben Hirst said of Rivkin, "With his broad and deep legal skills, expertise in transportation, international experience, and experience at the highest levels of government, Bob will be a great addition to our team."