Dallas Fort Worth Airport CEO set to assume role in October

USA. Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s new CEO Sean Donohue will take over his new role on 1 October, when he replaces Jeff Fegan, who was 29 years with the company (19 as CEO).

Donohue currently serves as Chief Operating Officer of Virgin Australia in Brisbane. He brings more than 25 years of airline and operational experience to his role with DFW. He has held many senior roles at United Airlines including Senior Vice President Operations; Vice President, United Express low cost operations and Worldwide Operational Performance; Vice President North American Sales; and Managing Director New York.

Donohue said: “I am honoured that the cities of Dallas and Fort Worth have entrusted me with the leadership of their airport, which is in large measure responsible for the economic vitality of the region and the state.

The DFW Board Chairman appointed an ad hoc committee to assist in the search for a new CEO.

“I’ve spent 29 fantastic years at DFW Airport, and it has been my privilege to lead DFW for the past 19 years. Now is a great time to pass the baton,” said Jeff Fegan. “The Board’s successful recruitment of Sean as the new CEO is evidence of the strength of the DFW team, and a validation of our strategic direction.”

“The DFW Board faces one of the most important decisions in its history in choosing a successor to Jeff Fegan,” said Robert Hsueh, Chairman of the DFW Airport Board of Directors. “In selecting Sean Donohue, the Board realised that he embodies the visionary qualities and leadership we value in the chief executive role for the airport.”

“Sean Donohue will be a great asset to the Dallas/Fort Worth community because he is a proven leader in the aviation industry who will enable us to accelerate our growth strategies,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. “He has an important international perspective and breadth of operational experience that is essential for leadership of a global hub airport. His experience and reputation will be critical to partnering with our tier one airlines.”

DFW International Airport is the world’s fourth busiest airport with 1,900 flights per day and serves 58 million passengers a year.

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