Kelowna International Airport (YLW) Director Sam Samaddar this week became Chair of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA), succeeding Lew Bleiweis, executive director of the Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority.

“Our industry’s recovery is underway, but a clear path forward remains elusive as we continue to navigate the challenges presented by an ongoing pandemic,” Samaddar said in a statement announcing his new role. “But our industry is proactive and resilient, so I am confident our brightest days are ahead. I look forward to representing this innovative industry and working alongside my colleagues to advance key priorities over the next two years.”

Samaddar, who was elected to the position in November, began his airport career at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in 1988 and began working for the Kelowna International Airport as superintendent of airport operations in 1992. In 2008, he was appointed YLW director.

ACI-NA also announced that Chellie Cameron, CEO of the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), has moved into the vice chair role.