W. Whitley Hawkins, executive vice president of marketing and stations for Delta Air Lines since November 1990, has been promoted to president and chief operating officer by the board of directors.

Hawkins recently was named to the board of directors of Questar Corp., an appointment that will be confirmed later this month during the annual meeting, according to Fred H. Rollins, Delta's district marketing director in Salt Lake City.Since joining Delta in 1955 as a transportation agent, Hawkins has held many jobs including marketing representative, manager of military and government transportation, advertising director, sales director, assistant vice president of marketing, vice president of marketing and senior vice president of marketing.