Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the appointment of John Selden to general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Selden is currently the Deputy General Manager of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, New York, which ranks sixth in the nation for the number of annual passengers and generates over $1.1 billion in annual revenues. Selden’s appointment is effective on Oct. 1 and will require Atlanta City Council confirmation.

“Hartsfield-Jackson is without question one of our city and state’s most valuable assets, with an annual economic impact of nearly $35 billion for metro Atlanta,” Bottoms said. “It has allowed our city to become a gateway to the world and it serves as a critical cargo hub for North America.  I am excited that we have identified someone with the qualifications and passion of John Selden to lead our airport into the future.”

Selden is a former Navy pilot who, among other assignments served at the Pentagon and in Puerto Rico.  After leaving active service, he flew commercially until taking his first airport management role at Republic Airport in New York, the third busiest airport in the state.

He joined John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2008 and has served as Deputy General Manager since 2014, overseeing areas including customer service, rail access, security, maintenance, finance, commercial development and physical infrastructure investment.

Selden was one of five finalists selected by a search committee led by UPS CEO and board chairman David Abney and Carol Tomé, CFO and executive vice president of The Home Depot.


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