Austin-Bergstrom International Airport appoints CEO

Ghizlane Badawi has been appointed chief executive officer of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS). Badawi has served as interim CEO since January 2024.

The decision followed a year-long search to replace Jacqueline Yaft, who resigned as CEO in March 2023. Jim Smith was named interim CEO after Yaft resigned and left the position in January.

Badawi has been with AUS for 16 years and has held critical roles in the airport’s operations, including chief operation officer (COO), chief experience and performance officer and deputy CEO.

The CEO transition comes as the airport undertakes a multibillion-dollar expansion program consisting of more than 60 projects. Some of the projects are already underway, including work on a $165 million Barbara Jordan Terminal project to add three gates. Other notable upcoming projects include a $1.1 billion concourse and connecting tunnel system, a $160 million central utility plant and a $250 million for an airport facility. AUST will consider moving these projects into the design and construction phases starting April.

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