Bryant L. Francis was appointed as Director of Long Beach Airport (LGB), City Manager Pat West announced today.
Francis, whose appointment will be effective January 5, has more than 18 years of aviation industry experience and has served as Director of Airports for the Shreveport Airport Authority in Louisiana since 2012.
“I am passionate about aviation, am committed to fostering positive relationships, and will ensure that Long Beach Airport provides the absolute best service possible to its travelers and to all our business and community partners,” Francis said in a statement.
As Director of LGB, Francis will oversee all airport operations, finances and leases, the Airport Noise Ordinance, community outreach, environmental matters and capital improvements.
Francis is replacing Mario Rodriguez, who resigned as Director in May 2014 to accept a position as Executive Director of the Indianapolis Airport Authority.
West said Francis is an ideal replacement for Rodriguez.
“Mr. Francis is a dedicated, accomplished professional who will provide strong leadership and strategic planning for Long Beach Airport,” West said in a statement. “He will reach out and work collaboratively with all stakeholders, including the community, tenants and our commercial and general aviation partners.”