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Executive search for Hartsfield-Jackson general manager role continues

An executive search for the position of general manager of the world’s busiest airport continues, according to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.

Shortly after she took office in January, Bottoms announced search committees for several “key cabinet positions,” including the role of general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “

The mayor made a key appointment by naming Richard Cox chief operating officer of the city last month.

On Tuesday, she said “the search is underway” for the Atlanta airport general manager position.” She said she has not yet received a list of finalists to interview for the job and added that she has“been very intentional of not getting involved in the details at this level.”

The airport’s current general manager, Roosevelt Council, was named interim general manager in mid-2016 after then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed fired airport head Miguel Southwell. Council, who has a background in finance and was previously the airport’s chief financial officer, was named by Reed to the permanent general manager position in late 2016.

Roosevelt Council, (center), general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson International, leads a weekly meeting on the airport’s $6 billion long-range expansion program. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM
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Bottoms in January named UPS CEO David Abney and Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé as co-chairs of a search committee for the general manager position at the Atlanta airport.

“As we work to ensure that all Atlantans have the opportunity to share in our city’s success, it is imperative that we find the right department leader,” Bottoms said when announcing search committee co-chairs for seven cabinet positions.

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