Nearly two years after firing its general counsel Kenneth J. Gary "for a pattern of personal conduct, which includes violations of company policies," Beazer Homes USA has hired a replacement.

The Atlanta-based builder announced late Tuesday, Jan. 6, that it has named Kenneth F. Khoury, former executive vice president and general counsel of Delta Air Lines, to the position.

"We are extremely pleased to have someone of Ken's caliber join the executive team at Beazer Homes," CEO Ian McCarthy said in a prepared statement. "His depth of experience managing a broad array of corporate legal activities across multiple and complex industries will be extremely valuable as we navigate the current challenges in the housing market."

While Khoury's most recent work was with the airline industry at Delta, where he worked for just over two years from September 2006 to November 2008, he has spent a good deal of time working for companies in the building industry as well during his 30 years.

His Forbes profile says he spent 15 years with Georgia-Pacific Corp. as vice president and deputy general counsel, as well as a brief stint at Weyerhaeuser Co. as a senior vice president and associate general counsel before going to work at Delta. He also was associate general counsel at Shearson Lehman Hutton from 1988 to 1990.

Khoury, who received his bachelor's degree from Rutgers College and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law, also has worked in private practice.