Reed appoints airport GM search committee

ATLANTA — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed a committee to oversee the search for a new airport general manager.

The nine-member committee — chaired by Home Depot CFO Carol Tomé — will work with a search firm, Heidrick & Struggles, to interview and recommend candidates for the post. The committee is working pro bono.

“My goal is to find an individual who will continue to maintain Atlanta’s dominance as the number one passenger airport in the country,” Reed said in a statement. “I am committed to keeping the airport safe and secure, and with the help of my newly appointed search committee, I am confident that we will identify the perfect candidate for the job.”

Among the projects for which the new airport chief will be responsible is the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

“Hartsfield Jackson International Airport is the world’s busiest airport and a vital part of Atlanta’s economic engine,” Reed said. “There are many opportunities for further development at the airport, and having an Airport general manager who will continue to grow Hartsfield-Jackson and help fulfill its mission of become a leading international cargo hub is essential.”

Reed will choose the candidate from among five finalists selected by the committee. The new general manager will replace Ben DeCosta, who is leaving at the end of June.

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