Board names new CEO for Southeast Michigan airports

The board of the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA), which operates Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports, has voted unanimously to appoint Joseph R. Nardone to serve as CEO, the company said.

Nardone was the Airport Authority´s Vice President of business development & real estate for nearly two years before becoming Interim CEO. He is credited with playing a critical role in the negotiations that led to the construction of Spirit Airlines´ new maintenance hangar at DTW. The initial term of his employment agreement is three years.

DTW´s passenger traffic continues to increase and airlines are steadily adding new routes from Detroit to destinations around the globe. Earlier this month, DTW ranked first among US airports and third globally in on-time performance. Detroit Metro Airport alone supports more than 86,000 jobs throughout Michigan, and the economic impact of DTW and YIP on the state is more than USD 10.2 billion.

Nardone is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and former Executive Committee Member and Interim CEO of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and is a lifelong resident of Southeast Michigan.

Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport welcomed more than 33 million passengers in 2015. With service from 13 scheduled passenger airlines, it offers more than 1,100 flights per day to and from more than 140 non-stop destinations on four continents. Willow Run Airport is a corporate, cargo, and general aviation facility.

WCAA provides strategic operation and management of two Southeast Michigan airports: Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) and Willow Run Airport (YIP). The Airport Authority is entirely self-sustaining and does not receive tax dollars to support airport operations.