The board of directors for the Birmingham Airport Authority has appointed Ronald F. Mathieu as the new chief executive officer of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), Alabama’s largest airport.

He will be overseeing airport growth and operations.

“With Ron at the helm, we will continue to build our strong airline and retail partnerships while improving the passenger experience,” says Bobbie Knight, chairman of the Birmingham Airport Authority board of directors. “His extensive knowledge in airport operations and development will serve the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth Airport well as we continue to see growing passenger traffic.”

Mathieu’s most recent position as executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT) afforded him experience in administration, operations, maintenance and development.

Previously, Mathieu has held positions of leadership at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL) as well as Newark Liberty International (EWR), LaGuardia (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International (JFK) airports. He has a Bachelor of Science in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology and is a certified member of both the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the International Association of Airport Executives.

Mathieu succeeds Sylvester Lavender, the airport’s director of finance, who has served as interim president and CEO since August 2018. Long-time CEO Al Denson retired in January 2018. Mathieu will officially begin his duties on June 17 of this year.