Five finalists selected in Hartsfield-Jackson general manager search


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is getting closer to naming a permanent general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and said she has five finalists for the job.

Bottoms made the comments after remarks at a Rotary Club of Atlanta luncheon on Monday.

She said she has not yet interviewed the candidates, and declined to name the finalists. “All of these people are employed somewhere,” Bottoms said. “I’m very respectful of that.”

She also would not say whether Balram Bheodari, the interim general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson, is a candidate for the permanent position. Bheodari was named interim general manager earlier this month, when airport head Roosevelt Council was moved to the position of city chief financial officer.

The $221,000 salary for the manager of Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest airport, has in the past presented a challenge in attracting candidates compared with other higher-paying airports. But Bottom said she asked the search committee, led by UPS CEO David Abney and Home Depot chief financial officer Carol Tome, to “not let pay be a factor in getting candidates.”

“There are a lot of airports across the country that pay significantly more than we do…. I didn’t want us to preclude any candidates because of a pay scale,” Bottoms said. “We essentially said we would cross that bridge when we get to it…. My thought is that everything is on the table right now.” Bottoms also said she has not yet weighed whether the new airport manager would have an employment contract.

She said the focus for an airport manager will be operations, “but also with a thought toward the future of business expansion, cargo expansion.”

“There’s opportunities that we see especially across the country in and around airports where they’ve really been transformative to cities… just someone who really is a big thinker,” Bottoms said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Business

Delta says California wildfires may affect flights at some airports
Delta says California wildfires may affect flights at some airports

Delta Air Lines is warning customers that the California wildfires may affect flights at some airports. Atlanta-based Delta is allowing customers with flights booked to or from Los Angeles, Burbank, Oakland or San Francisco on Monday or Tuesday (Nov. 12-13) to change their travel plans without paying certain change fees. Delta advised passengers to...
UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strike
UPS Freight workers approve new labor contract, avoiding strike

UPS Freight workers have approved a new labor contract, averting the risk of the company’s first strike in more than two decades. The company said it will resume normal operations “and will immediately begin accepting new volume from UPS Freight customers.” During the days leading up to the Teamsters contract vote count on Sunday...
Delta to start Atlanta-Burbank flights
Delta to start Atlanta-Burbank flights

Delta Air Lines announced plans to start flying from Atlanta to Hollywood Burbank Airport next summer. Atlanta-based Delta said the new route will connect Atlanta’s film industry with Hollywood. The twice-daily flights are scheduled to start July 8, 2019. Delta says it will be the only airline to fly nonstop between Burbank and the...
Delta adding de-icing trucks to fleet at Atlanta airport
Delta adding de-icing trucks to fleet at Atlanta airport

Delta Air Lines is adding more de-icing vehicles at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, in a move to ease flight delays and cancellations in the winter months. Atlanta-based Delta is adding 20 new de-ice trucks at the world’s busiest airport, where it operates its largest hub. Although snow is rare in Atlanta, when a storm hits...
Justice Department sues UBS over financial crisis
Justice Department sues UBS over financial crisis

U.S. Justice Department officials in Atlanta on Thursday announced a long-awaited, high-stakes lawsuit against a Swiss banking behemoth for its actions leading up to the financial crisis a decade ago. UBS and its subsidiaries had backed more than $41 billion in mortgage loans as part of a series of deals that became “catastrophic failures,&rdquo...
More Stories