Naughton, who has been at Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) for 14 years and CEO since 2012, says: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead one of the best teams of aviation professionals in the world.
“Together, we have been at the forefront of aviation management and successfully guided the airport authority through many improvements, including the construction of two new passenger terminals and the full reconstruction of the largest, most capable runway at Detroit Metro Airport.”
He will assist the Board in the search for his successor and the transition process after signing an executive consulting services agreement with WCAA. The deal comes into effect on October 1.
WCAA's current vice president of business development and real estate, Joe Nardone, will serve as interim CEO from Ocrober 1.
Naughton's eventual replacement will be responsible for overseeing the future success and development of Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports.
During Naughton’s tenure with WCAA, DTW was named one of the Best Airports in North America in ACI's Airport Service Quality (ASQ) customer satisfaction programme.
WCAA also points out that it has made significant progress in diversifying the workforce and improving succession planning across the organisation under Naughton's tenure.
In a 10-month period, the number of certified small business enterprises jumped by more than 300 percent.
And as CFO, Naughton assembled the financing for DTW’s capital overhaul including construction of two award-winning passenger terminals, a new airport access road from I-275, the Westin hotel and Crosswinds Marsh, a wetland preserve.
“Tom is rightly recognised as a strong leader in the aviation field who combines considerable financial acumen with a deep knowledge of airport operations,” says WCAA Board chair, Sue Hall.
“Thanks to Tom’s leadership, airline passengers consistently rank Detroit Metro Airport as one of the best airports in the world.
"We are pleased that he has agreed to advise the airport authority through the transition to his successor and want to thank him for his continuing service to the Airport Authority, the aviation industry and, most importantly, the millions of passengers who safely fly to and from our airports each year.”
“I look forward to working with the WCAA's Board and staff during the transition period, and to being available to advise management after retiring as CEO,” comments Naughton.