Theresa Wise ’89

wiseChief Information Officer

Northwest/Delta Airlines

Since October 2001, Theresa Wise has served as CIO at Northwest Airlines and has been named CIO of the new Delta Airlines as well. As the airline industry faces unprecedented challenges, information technology is increasingly a competitive differentiator. In her current role, Wise leads all technology development and IT operations for the airline. Wise began her work with NWA in 1990, building a mathematical model to optimize crew schedules. She has since held a variety of positions in flight operations, operations research, industrial engineering, and IT/applications development. A native Minnesotan, Wise graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Chemistry. She also holds a PhD and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research and Applied Math from Cornell University. Wise is active in the community, particularly in the fine arts. She is a violinist with the Bloomington Symphony and has served on the board of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Children’s Theatre. Theresa and her family reside in Rosemount, MN.