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Key Positions Filled Within Houston Airport System

New Aviation Director and Two Airport General Managers are Named in 2010

Houston Airport System
December 14, 2010

Several key leadership positions within the Houston Airport System (HAS) have been filled in 2010, including the roles of aviation director, general manager at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and general manager at William P. Hobby (HOU) Airport.

City of Houston Mayor Annise Parker selected Mario C. Diaz as the new director of aviation. “Our airports offer people a first impression of Houston, while also providing a welcome for others returning home,” Mayor Parker said when naming Diaz to the post. “Efficiency and high-quality customer service are crucial for all travelers – whether they are from Houston, come for a short stay or just passing through."

Diaz has a strong focus on customer service and is regarded as one of the industry’s leading authorities in aviation technology and the study of future developments in commercial aviation.

Prior to coming to Houston, Diaz served as deputy general manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, where he oversaw the daily operations, finance, capital development and technological innovation for the world’s busiest airport.

Diaz built a new management team, including a new general manager at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Mary Case, who had been serving as the general manager at Hobby Airport since 2005, is the new leader who is in the top post at IAH.

Case has been with the Houston Airport System since 1987 and with the recent announcement, she’s become the first person to become general manager at all three
city-owned airports.

“I’ve been incredibly fortunate to have my career unfold this way,” Case says. “Not many airport managers get a chance to stay in one city as long as I have and even fewer are able to enjoy such a broad view of an entire airport system.”

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Mario C. Diaz, Mary Case and Perry J. Miller all accepted new leadership positions in 2010.

Diaz named a new general manager for Hobby Airport by selecting Perry J. Miller to lead the domestic airport, which serves 8 million customers annually.

Like Case, Miller has served in a variety of positions at all three HAS airport facilities, including operations, properties, business development and others."The Houston Airport System is a place where the sky’s the limit,” says Miller. “I started as a management intern from Texas Southern University, now I will help lead an airport with one of the best reputations in customer service in the world.”

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