Former Tampa airport chief named to Atlanta post

ATLANTA — Mayor Kasim Reed on Monday named the former executive director and CEO of Tampa International Airport to serve as the next general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Pending approval of the city council, Louis Miller will replace Ben DeCosta, who left at the end of June. Before his tenure in Tampa, Miller held a number of positions at the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.

“Under the experienced leadership of Louis Miller, I am confident that the airport’s safety, security and amenities for passengers will improve dramatically,” Reed said in a statement.

“Louis brings more than 30 years of experience to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the City of Atlanta,” Reed added. “His leadership at other major airports in Tampa and Salt Lake City will help us develop and maintain aviation operations that are second to none. Atlanta is a leading international city, and I am pleased to bring this level of talent and management acumen to the city.”

Among the projects for which Miller will be responsible is completion of the new Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal.

“It is an honor and privilege for me to be selected by Mayor Kasim Reed to serve as the General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,” Miller said in a news release.

“My goal as the Aviation General Manager of the world’s busiest passenger airport is to exceed Mayor Reed’s expectations and those of the community at large,” Miller added.

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

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