Southwell, who succeeds the retiring Al Denson in the role on February 1, is a popular figure at ACI having previously been president of its Latin America & Caribbean Region and served on the association’s World Governing Board.
He currently leads Brakkam Aviation Management, which provides full-service and management consulting services for a number of aviation clients.
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth operator, Birmingham Airport Authority (BAA), has entered into an agreement for Brakkam to provide interim executive leadership services following the retirement of long serving Denson.
Denson’s last day was Friday, January 19, 2018.
“The BAA Board felt it urgent to install an interim airport leader, which will permit us time to orderly recruit and transition to a suitably qualified new president and CEO," says BAA chairman, Michael Bell.
“In engaging the services of Brakkam, BAA is assured of having an experienced and highly qualified airport leader in Mr Southwell; one who can hit the ground running to prevent an unreasonable interruption in executive leadership."
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth (BHM) is a commercial airport serving the city of Birmingham, Alabama, and its metropolitan area.
It is located in Jefferson County, five miles northeast of downtown Birmingham, and in 2016 welcomed 2.65 million passengers, down 1.4% from the previous year.
BHM passenger traffic has steadily declined since its high of 3.2 million passengers in 2007.
“Understandably, even as we move rapidly to recruit a new president and CEO, a key focus during this interim period will be to commence efforts to expand both domestic and international air service”, added Bell.
“If Birmingham is to succeed in attracting new corporations and new jobs to our city, it is crucial that we increase the number of cities to which we have non-stop flights."
Southwell noted: “It is a distinct privilege to have been granted this temporary opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of Birmingham’s chief economic engine. We are eager to get started”.