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Annise D. Parker
City of Houston

Mayor Parker is Houston’s 61st mayor and one of only two women to hold the City’s highest elected office. As the City's chief executive officer, she is responsible for all aspects of the general management of the City and for enforcement of all laws and ordinances.






Mario C. Diaz
Director of Aviation 
Houston Airport System

Diaz is responsible for the overall management of the Houston Airport System’s three aviation facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD). He is one of the industry’s leading authorities in the study of future developments in commercial aviation.





Lance Lyttle
Chief Operating Officer
Houston Airport System

Lyttle spearheads strategic and business plan development, developing a high performance organization, business process re-engineering, ideas management and innovation, and implementing technologically complex projects.





Saba Abashawl
Chief External Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System

Abashawl manages the advancement of the Houston Airport System by establishing and maintaining effective two-way communications with key legislators and federal entities, news media, the traveling public, as well as other domestic and international stakeholders regarding the operations, procedures, services, developments and future plans of Houston's airports.





Lisa Kent
Chief Technology Officer
Houston Airport System

Kent oversees the strategic planning, development and support activities for a variety of technology systems and applications for all three airports.




Harleen Hines Smith
Chief Human Resources Officer
Houston Airport System

Smith leads human resource functions for all three airports impacting over 1,200 employees.


Matt Townsend
Chief Financial Officer 
Houston Airport System

Townsend works closely with the various HAS departments to ensure the overall financial health of the Houston Airport System.



Ian Wadsworth
Chief Commercial Officer
Houston Airport System

Wadsworth oversees the commercial activities at the Houston Airport System’s three airports, including air service development, airline affairs, concessions, parking, real estate and business development.





Balram Bheodari
General Manager
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Houston Airport System

Bheodari is responsible for the daily operations of Houston's largest airport and the development and implementation of its policies and procedures. In addition, he also coordinates the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for IAH, among other duties.


Arturo Machuca

General Manager
Ellington Airport (EFD)

Machuca's duties and responsibilities include the daily operations of the facility and the development and implementation of policies and procedures. In addition, Machuca coordinates the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for Ellington, among other duties. He also serves as the lead on the Houston Spaceport project.



Jeffrey K.A. Brown
Chief Development Officer - Infrastructure 
Houston Airport System

Brown is responsible for overseeing the administration of design and construction contracts, managing long-term and short-term airport projects, analyzing operations and implementing best practice policies and procedures at the Houston Airport System.


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