Mark Reis has been named interim director of aviation at Louis Armstrong International Airport, the New Orleans Aviation Board announced Thursday.
Reis will take over the duties of former airport director Iftikhar Ahmad, who left in October to manage six airports in Rhode Island.
Walter Krygowski, who has served as acting director of aviation since Ahmad’s departure, will return to his post of deputy director and chief operations officer.
Reis joins the airport after serving as managing director for the Port of Seattle’s aviation division, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the largest airport in the Pacific Northwest.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as interim director of aviation and look forward to providing guidance as we search for a permanent director of aviation,” Reis said in a news release. “During my interim tenure, I’m committed to continuing the progressive work spearheaded by the current team at the airport, while ensuring that the tremendous growth the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport experienced under this administration continues.”
The airport board is in the process of hiring a search firm to find candidates for the permanent position.
The search comes amid construction of the airport’s new multimillion-dollar North Terminal, which has a tentative construction completion date of October 2018.