Hartsfield-Jackson gets new deputy manager

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport will soon have a new deputy general manager, Miguel Southwell, who joins the Atlanta airport from the Miami-Dade Aviation Department.

Southwell, who will be deputy general manager for commercial development at Hartsfield-Jackson starting June 3, is the deputy director of business relations and development for Miami International Airport and four Miami-Dade general aviation airports. Southwell previously worked at the Atlanta airport from 1990 until 2001, last serving as interim assistant general manager of business and finance. He will return to manage Hartsfield-Jackson’s concessions, properties, new business development and customer service, following the resignation last year of assistant general manager for commercial development and customer service Arnaldo Ruiz.

Southwell said he also plans to focus on cargo development at the airport, in line with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s goal to increase air cargo operations and serve a secondary hub to Miami for air cargo to Latin America.

Southwell’s name was floated in 2010 as a potential candidate for the position of general manager, though he was not one of the three finalists, and Louis Miller from Tampa International Airport was selected for the top role.

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