The executive director of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is resigning to assume a similar role in Alabama.
Ronald F. Mathieu is resigning his position as executive director of the Clinton National Airport and will be assuming the role of president and CEO of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. His resignation will be effective May 31.
Jesse Mason, chairman of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, released a statement confirming Mathieu’s resignation. Mason notes that during Mathieu’s tenure, the airport became debt-free while undergoing significant renovations.
“The Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission has received notice from Ron that he plans to resign effective May 31. We are extremely appreciative of Ron’s service. The Commission and Staff will sorely miss his leadership that has led to the biggest transformation in our airport’s history, Mason says. “During Ron’s 13 years in Little Rock, the airport has become debt free while undergoing nearly $100 million in terminal improvements, increased passenger satisfaction levels, expanded aviation manufacturing and generated billions of dollars in economic impact.”
As president and CEO of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Mathieu will be responsible for overseeing all of the airport’s operations and continuing its growth.
“I look forward to joining the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport and working closely with the board and staff team members,” Mathieu said in a statement. “The airport is a critical economic generator for the city of Birmingham and great state of Alabama. We look forward to working to ensure that the airport continues to make a reliable, sustainable and growing economic impact, while also ensuring our customers have a positive travel experience.”
Prior to working at Clinton National Airport, Mathieu held leadership positions at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Newark International, LaGuardia and JFK International Airports.
“Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport plays a key role as a vital economic engine for our region,” Bobbie Knight, chairman of the Birmingham Airport Authority board of directors, said. “With Ron at the helm, we will continue to build our strong airline and retail partnerships while improving the passenger experience. His extensive knowledge in airport operations and development will serve the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth airport well as we continue to see growing passenger traffic.”
Mathieu is set to begin his new position on June 17.
According to Mason, the airport commission will determine an interim director while the commission begins the search for a new executive director.