The board of directors of the Birmingham Airport Authority has named Sylvester Lavender to serve as as interim CEO, responsible for the operation of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM).

Brakkam Aviation Management’s Miguel Southwell had been serving as interim president and CEO for the past six months. It was unclear whether Southwell will have a continuing role at the airport.

The airport has been led on an interim basis since January 19, when longtime BHM president and CEO Al Denson left the airport. The airport authority says Lavender will serve in his new position until a permanent replacement is hired. The Board has temporarily halted its ongoing search for a CEO until a new Board is seated.

Lavender, previously director of finance at BHM, has worked to cut costs across the organization. He negotiated with airlines and car rental agencies to financially position the organization to do well moving forward, the airport authority says.