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.

Sylvester Turner was born and raised in the Acres Homes community in northwest Houston. His parents moved to Acres Homes in 1954, the year Sylvester was born.

Sylvester's mother worked as a maid in the old Rice Hotel in Houston. His father worked as a painter for Continental Ensco and cut yards with his sons on the weekends to make extra money. The Turners r...

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.

Since his arrival in Houston in 2010, Diaz led efforts along three broad strategic fronts: establish Bush Airport as the region’s long-haul, full service inte...

Jesus H. Saenz Jr., IAP
Chief Operating Officer
Houston Airport System

Jesus H. Saenz Jr., IAP, is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Houston Airport System (HAS). As the COO, Saenz oversees strategic and business plan development, business process re-engineering, implementing of technologically complex projects and airport operations.

Previously, Mr. Saenz was the General Manager for William P. Hobby Airport and was responsible for leading Hobby to earning a Skytrax 4-star international rating in 2016. While at Hobby, he was also responsible...

Saba Abashawl
Chief External Affairs Officer
Houston Airport System

Saba manages the advancement of Houston Airports (HAS) through her leadership role in Corporate Communications, Industry Relations, Business Development and Global Government Affairs. She leads the External Affairs division to actively participate in efforts to retain, expand and relocate international and domestic business to Houston and to provide vital support for new and expanded air service development to fuel the local economy and increase traffic through Houston Airports.

Saba also ...

Tanya Acevedo
Chief Technology Officer
Houston Airport System

Tanya oversees the strategic planning and operational activities for a variety of technology systems and applications at Bush Intercontinental, William P. Hobby, and Ellington Airports.

Her role is to lead a dynamic team that plays a key role in ensuring the successful execution of HAS’ mission through innovative and enabling technology. Key areas of focus will highlight technologies delivering way finding, passenger flow/tracking, a stronger cyber security posture and a renewed comm...

Harleen Hines Smith
Chief Human Resources Officer
Houston Airport System

Harleen Hines Smith is the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Houston Airport System (HAS). She leads human resource functions for all three airports impacting over 1,200 employees.

With more than 15 years of human resources experience in the private sector, Smith is working to make Houston Airport System an employer of choice. She manages the Human Capital Management department, and her areas of responsibility include human resources business partnerships, client relations, payroll, be...

Ian Wadsworth
Chief Commercial Officer
Houston Airport System

Ian Wadsworth is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Houston Airport System (HAS), overseeing the commercial activities at HAS’ three airports, including air service development, airline affairs, concessions, parking, real estate, and marketing.

He joined the Houston Airport System in November 2008 as Deputy Director, Finance and Administration.  Prior to joining the Houston Airport System, Mr. Wadsworth served in various finance, planning, and marketing roles over 15 years at A...

Bob Merz
Chief Financial Officer
Houston Airport System

Bob Merz is responsible for the overall financial health of HAS. He will play a leading role in driving HAS' “Build Capacity for Future Success”  strategic priority, as he helps HAS grow revenue, maintain fiscal discipline and fund capital improvements.

Prior to joining HAS, Mr. Merz served in various finance, planning and revenue management positions. He began his career in aviation with American Airlines and later United Airlines, ultimately serving as the ...

Ted Kitchens, A.A.E.
General Manager, George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Houston Airport System

Ted Kitchens is the General Manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). He 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.

Previously Ted served as the Houston Airport System's (HAS) Assistant Director - Planning and Development and was responsible for cost-effe...

Liliana Rambo, CAPP
General Manager, William P. Hobby Airport
Houston Airport System

Liliana Rambo, CAPP, is the General Manager (GM) for William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). 

She is responsible for directing the day-to-day management of HOU, as well as establishing policies, procedures, guidelines and project schedules for HOU. She is also responsible for developing the collaborative relationships with our air carriers, tenants and team members to excel at providing a customer-friendly, safe, secure and efficient operation at HOU to the travelling public. In addition, she...

Arturo Machuca
General Manager, Ellington Airport
Houston Airport System

Arturo Machuca is the General Manager of the Houston Airport System’s Ellington Airport. Machuca oversees the daily operations and the development and implementation of policies and procedures at Ellington Airport. He is also the lead on the Houston Spaceport project.

With over 30 years of sales and marketing experience in the aviation industry, Arturo joined the Houston Airport System in 2009. His prior responsibilities included economic development, industry affairs and business re...

Robert Barker
Chief Development Officer - Infrastructure
Houston Airport System

Robert “Bob” Barker is the Chief Development Officer of the Infrastructure Division for the Houston Airport System (HAS). Barker 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 HAS. A retired U.S. Navy engineering officer and certified facility manager, Barker has over 20 years international airport development, i...