John Wayne Airport Welcomes New Airport Director – Barry Rondinella, AAE/CAE
In November, the Orange County Board of Supervisors hired Mr. Barry Rondinella, AAE/CAE, as the new Airport Director at John Wayne Airport. Mr. Rondinella replaces Alan Murphy who retired in February after leading the Airport for 15 years. Mr. Rondinella had served as Los Angeles World Airport’s Director of Operations since 2010, and previously served as Deputy Director for Operations at Sacramento Airport, as Airport Director for Stockton Metropolitan Airport and the Santa Maria Public Airport. A licensed commercial pilot, Rondinella is an Accredited Airport Executive and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
The airport director develops airport policies, administers all activities associated with the operation of a medium hub commercial airport and has direct responsibility for five airport divisions: Business Development, Facilities, Finance and Administration, Operations and Public Affairs. The director also oversees airport staff and prepares annual budgets.
Appointment of the airport director by the Board of Supervisors is required by County ordinance. The selection followed work by an ad-hoc committee comprised of Vice Chair Lisa Bartlett, Fifth District, and Supervisor Andrew Do, First District. Rondinella will report to County Executive Officer Frank Kim through Chief Operations Officer Mark Denny.
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