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Lester Sola unveiled as new boss of Miami International Airport

Lester Sola is the new boss of Miami International Airport, succeeding Emilio González, who quit late last year.

Sola was today officially unveiled as the new director and CEO of MIA operator, Miami-Dade Aviation Department, by Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

He will oversee operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) and four general aviation (GA) airports throughout Miami-Dade County, which together generate $33.7 billion in business revenue and support more than 280,000 direct and indirect jobs.

MIA leads the way, handling more than 44 million passengers and more than two million tons of cargo annually, placing it among America’s busiest international passenger and cargo airports.
“I am confident that Mr Sola’s experience in County operations, capital design, construction management contract administration and negotiations will prove invaluable to MDAD and the residents of Miami-Dade County,” said Mayor Gimenez.

Sola has served Miami-Dade County for more than 26 years, most recently as director of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department.

As director of the largest utility in the southeastern United States, Sola was responsible for: providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services to more than 2.3 million residents, businesses and visitors daily;managing more than 2,700 employees and an annual operating budget of $796 million; and leading the largest capital improvement programme in Miami-Dade County’s history.

He has a master's degree and bachelor's degree in public administration, with a minor in organisational psychology from Florida International University.

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