John Varley

SVP & General Counsel

John joined Virgin America in July of 2010, following a 22 year career with Delta Air Lines where he served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel.  In addition to his tremendous expertise in aviation law, John is a seasoned business executive who has led the negotiation of large–scale strategic partnerships, business agreements and commercial transactions. 

At Delta, John’s leadership roles included direct and supervisory responsibility over legal matters relating to advertising, marketing, compliance programs, commercial transactions, competition law, government relations, domestic and international alliances, international operations, intellectual property, technology and commercial litigation.  While at Delta, John played a critical role in leading the airline’s involvement in the successful Orbitz Initial Public Offering.  In addition, John brokered several high-profile alliances for the airline, including the initial Delta and Virgin Atlantic strategic alliance and frequent flyer partnership.  John has handled a variety of government regulatory proceedings, including matters before the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Department of Justice. 

A native of New Jersey, John received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Georgetown University and a J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  John and his wife, Marianne, have an adult son and daughter.