ATLANTA - Robert W. Kennedy was named Tuesday as the acting general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as of the end of June.
Kennedy replaces current general manager Ben DeCosta who has been at the airport since 1998. Kennedy has been Hartsfield-Jackson's assistant general manager for operations, maintenance and security since 2006.
"I am confident that Robert Kennedy will provide the leadership and stability needed at the Airport during this transition period," said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in a statement released Tuesday. "Robert brings extensive experience and knowledge about a range of Airport operations to this position."
Kennedy was the first American airport official to be named to the Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme Steering Committee - which was launched and directed by the Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization to provide a best-of-class program for airport managers.
"My appreciation goes to Mayor Reed for his trust and support," said Kennedy. "With the support of our team, I am sure Hartsfield-Jackson will not miss a beat in maintaining efficient operations and delivering outstanding customer service during this transition."
Effective immediately, and in conjunction with the transition from DeCosta to Kennedy, Kennedy assumes the post of Aviation Deputy General Manager.