Alaska State Governor, Bill Walker, has appointed Jim Szczesniak manager of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (TSAIA), starting his new job on 22 January.
Szczesniak, who is taking over from John Parrott, has a BS in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago.
He is a certified professional pilot and aviation mechanic with over 20 years of supervisory and management experience, having started at O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago as airport operations supervisor, director of aviation planning and deputy commissioner of aviation.
In these roles he was responsible for daily airfield management, air service development, oversight of the airport system’s $5 billion capital improvement programme and the development of a new $200 million air cargo complex.
More recently he was chief operating officer at Windy City Silkscreening where he focused on implementing operational efficiencies, strengthening business relationships and increasing revenue.
Szczesniak says he is thrilled by the opportunity, saying: “I’m committed to continuing TSAIA’s excellence in customer service and air cargo operations.
I look forward to working with Alaska’s business and tourism industries to grow jobs in Alaska based on our air cargo strength and to increase visitor traffic, both domestically and internationally, so that more people can experience the wonders of Alaska.”
TSAIA welcomes five million passengers and 2.5 million tonnes of cargo annually.