A retired Army pilot, Bheodari was previously deputy manager of operations at Hartsfield-Jackson. He was interim airport manager in 2018 before Selden was brought in.
“He’s a great operations guy over the airport, for many many years,” said Andre Dickens, chair of the city council transportation committee, which oversees the airport.
The transportation committee voted 5-0 in favor of Bheodari’s confirmation.
Bheodari began working at Hartsfield-Jackson more than 20 years ago. He left in 2015 to take a job as general manager of George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, but returned to the Atlanta airport the following year.
In a memo to city council, Bottoms wrote that Bheodari “has seen the organization through some of the most difficult times in aviation history, from 9/11 to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
She added that as deputy manager of operations he also navigated Hartsfield-Jackson “through the constant uncertainty of 2020, from the drawdown to resumption of its expansive operations” and said his experience makes him “exceptionally qualified” to be airport manager.