A top Mayo Clinic executive is taking off for a new gig as Delta Air Lines’ first ever health officer.

Delta announced this week that it has hired Mayo Clinic’s Chief Value Officer Dr. Henry Ting. Ting is a Florida-based cardiologist, who has held a number of leadership roles at Mayo.

He and his wife are moving to Delta’s headquarters in Atlanta for the new job, which starts Feb. 15.

Ting has been working with Delta as an adviser since the early days of the pandemic.

CEO Ed Bastian described Ting in a memo to employees as “... central in helping (Delta) craft our strategies for cleanliness, employee testing and operational tactics to reduce the transmission of the virus across our system."

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The new health officer job will entail Ting working with Delta's human resources and customer experience departments. He will report directly to Bastian.

"In this new role, Henry will lead us in rethinking and reimagining our approach to health and well-being, utilizing new technologies, artificial intelligence, data strategies and innovative partnerships,” wrote Bastian in the memo to employees. “He will focus on physical and mental health strategies, as well as our ongoing drive to reduce workplace injuries and accommodate the health needs of our people over the entire span of their time at Delta."

As chief value officer, Ting has been at the forefront of Mayo’s string of top rankings in “US News & World Reports” annual hospitals list. He also was involved in the creation of Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 predictive website that uses a machine-learning algorithm to react to national test results.