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Kennedy named interim general manager
By Staff Writers

Assistant General Manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security Robert Kennedy is serving as Hartsfield-Jackson’s interim general manager. His term as the Airport’s leader began after longtime Aviation General Manager Ben DeCosta’s contract ended on June 30.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has formed a nine-member search committee to work with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to seek a permanent successor to DeCosta.

“My appreciation goes to Mayor Reed for his trust and support,” Kennedy said. “With the support of our team, I am sure Hartsfield-Jackson will not miss a beat in maintaining efficient operations and delivering outstanding customer service during this transition.”
Kennedy, who has more than 30 years of experience in aviation, became assistant general manager for Operations, Maintenance and Security in September 2006. He previously served as cargo development manager, route development manager, and director of marketing, public relations and intergovernmental affairs.

Kennedy is the first official from a U.S. airport to be elected to the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) Steering Committee. AMPAP was jointly launched and directed by the Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization to provide training for airport managers. As a Steering Committee member, Kennedy will play a vital role in developing the next generation of airport leaders.

In addition, Kennedy is one of the few airport directors to earn the prestigious Accredited Airport Executive (AAE) certification from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Candidates for the special designation must meet several prerequisites and undergo a rigorous, three-phase program to test their knowledge and understanding of aviation management.

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