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 for directing the day-to-day management of the airport, 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. Prior to his current position, Saenz served as Assistant Director – Activation Team / Operational Readiness and Airport Transfer Team.
He has held a wide range of positions, including Assistant Director of Administration and Customer Service at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Assistant Director of Transportation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Acting Assistant Director of Operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Senior Superintendent, Superintendent and Customer Service Manager.
During his nearly 20-year aviation career he has become an accredited executive of the Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP-IAP). He is designated as an International Airport Professional. He is also an active member of the Airports Council International Facilitation Team and AAE member. Mr. Saenz obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from University of Houston-Downtown.