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Sylvester Turner
Mayor
City of Houston

Mayor Sylvester Turner was elected Mayor of Houston on December 12, 2015, to serve a four year term beginning January 4, 2016.

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 


Balram Bheodari
Chief Operating Officer
Houston Airport System

Balram Bheodari is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Houston Airport System (HAS). As the COO for HAS, he oversees strategic and business plan development, business process re-engineering, implementing of technologically complex projects, infrastructure programs and airport operations.

 

 

 


Saba Abashawl
Chief External Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System

Saba Abashawl manages Global Industry Relations, Government Affairs and Public Affairs/Communications. She leads a variety of Business Development initiatives that together, provide a vital support network for new and expanded air service in Houston.

 

 

 


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.

 

 

 

Ted Kitchens
General Manager
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH)
Houston Airport System

Kitchens 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.

 

 

 

Jesus H. Saenz Jr.
General Manager
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU)
Houston Airport System

Jesus H. Saenz Jr., IAP, General Manager for Hobby Airport, is responsible for directing the day-to-day management of Hobby, as well as for establishing policies, procedures, guidelines and project schedules for Hobby. In addition, he coordinates the preparation, implementation and monitoring of the budget and expenditures for Hobby, among other duties.

 

 

 


Arturo Machuca
General Manager
Ellington Airport (EFD)
Houston Airport System

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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