Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Cynthia Nichol: Sacramento International Airport has a new director

Cynthia Nichol was named Tuesday as new Sacramento County airport system director.

Cynthia Nichol, a longtime airport executive most recently working in Portland, has been named the new Sacramento County director of airports, officials announced Tuesday.

She will take over on October 22nd, replacing former airports head John Wheat, who retired earlier this year.

Nichol, a Harvard University School of Government graduate with 30 years of aviation business experience, will be responsible for overseeing Sacramento International Airport, as well as Mather and Executive airports.

Nichol will be paid $219,000 a year. With benefits, including healthcare and pension program, her annual compensation package totals $293,000, according to the county executive’s office. The county will pay up to $15,000 in moving expenses.

“Ms. Nichol brings a diverse and extensive background in airport management that is well suited for Sacramento County,” County Executive Nav Gil wrote in a statement Tuesday. “We are pleased to welcome her in her new role.”

Nichol worked from 2008 to 2012 as finance director for San Francisco International Airport. Since then, she has served as chief financial officer for the Port of Portland in Oregon, which oversees Portland International Airport. She worked earlier at the Massachusetts Port Authority and for private airport consultants.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College in Minnesota, a master’s degree in African studies from the University of London and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, according to a biography published by Sacramento County.

Nichol could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.sacbee.com

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