Kenneth Strickland has been named the new director of air service development for Raleigh- Durham International Airport (RDU), the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority announced.

Strickland begins his new position next week and will be responsible for developing and executing strategic objectives, key initiatives and tactical plans to retain, improve and expand air service and increase airport use.

Strickland comes to RDU from Tampa International Airport (TPA), where he was the director of research & air service. He also has extensive experience outside the airport industry at Vitera Healthcare Solutions, Sterling Research Group and the Home Shopping Network.

Strickland was hired at RDU following a national search conducted by ADK Consulting & Executive Search.

“The Raleigh-Durham market has experienced an explosion of economic growth over the last decade, and the opportunity to continue to fuel that growth through the continued development of RDU’s already impressive diversity of routes and carriers is a challenge I greatly look forward to,” says Strickland. “I am honored that RDU chose me for this role, and I look forward to becoming a part of an already terrific team of airport leaders.”