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Salt Lake City's Maureen Riley announces plan to retire this summer

The US aviation industry will lose another leading light this summer when Maureen Riley retires after a decade in the hot-seat at Salt Lake City International Airport. 

Riley's decision comes hot on the heals of the retirement of San Diego International Airport's president and CEO, Thella Bowens.

Appointed to the position of executive director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) by former Salt Lake City Mayor, Rocky Anderson, in February 2007, Riley plans to retire on June 30.

SLCDA says that her experience in both finance and construction has been a tremendous advantage for the city and has proved to be an asset for the development and design of "the new SLC".
She has been credited with gaining approval from the airlines that serve SLC for the airport's redevelopment and for creating a successful programme to get the job done.  

“It’s very gratifying to know that the Salt Lake City International Airport is now positioned to meet passenger growth well into the future,” Riley commented.

“I’ve enjoyed a great relationship with our tenants, customers other stakeholders, and also, dedicated airport employees who work hard every day to make SLC the best.”

The recent chair of ACI-NA, ACI World board member from 2012 to 2016, and a good friend to Airport World, has more than 30 years of experience working in the airport industry.

As an airport consultant in the 1990s, she saw first-hand the inner workings of numerous airports across the country.

While working as the deputy executive director at Orlando International Airport provided Riley the added experience with airline relations, customer service strategy and public outreach.

“Maureen has been an incredible director of our airport during a historic era of passenger growth, and has been a steward of the facility’s largest-ever construction project,” said Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski.

“She is highly respected among her peers in the world’s airport industry for her financial skills and management talents, and she will be missed.”

Talking about her time with ACI, the modest Riley added: “We can learn a lot from sharing experiences and information with our colleagues throughout the airport industry and use that information to create better operating results." 

Before joining the airport industry in 1986, she worked in public accounting for 11 years. She is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania and a Certified Public Accountant.

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