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LAX's Gina Marie Lindsey to retire

One of the industry's great personalities, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) executive director, Gina Marie Lindsey, is to retire.

After 33 years working in the aviation industry, Lindsey has decided that the time is right "to move on to other adventures".

She is expected to leave her position in the spring to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership.

The Mayor’s office and Airport Commissioners will work with Spencer Stuart, a leading executive search consulting firm, to identify Lindsey’s successor.

“This is an appropriate time for a transition,” says Lindsey. “The next LAWA executive director will be able to take the Airports Development Program through its next major phase, its next round of projects that will last at least 10 years.”

Lindsey was appointed LAWA executive director June 4, 2007, after decades of experience in airport management and a record of success in renovating and improving international airports.

“A good leader brings out the best in a team,” says Sean Burton, president of the Board of Airport Commissioners. “Gina Marie has put together a strong and efficient team that is transforming LAX into an airport the city can be proud of; responsibly managing costs and operations at LA/Ontario International Airport through difficult market changes; and moving Van Nuys, a general aviation airport that had been losing money, into a brighter future.

"I am proud to have been able to work with her.”

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In a memo to LAWA staff, Lindsey summarised their achievements together and in typical fashion, ended it with a rallying call.

The memo ends: "While we've made amazing progress over the last seven years, our work is not done. We must continue to get better at everything we do. Within the next two weeks we'll issue a Notice of Preparation launching the CEQA review of the comprehensive Landside Improvement Program for LAX – an entirely new set of options for passengers to get into and out of the airport.

"Passenger traffic is on the upswing at ONT [California's Ontario International Airport] and there are several leasehold opportunities set for development at VNY [Van Nuys Airport].

"I have no doubt you all will continue to propel LAWA and its airports forward to be the best they can be – so let's not miss a beat and get back to work!"

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