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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bennett resigns from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


James Bennett, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will retire May 8, the authority said in April.

Bennett announced his resignation at a board meeting in this month.
He has worked for the authority for 14 years.

“I am very thankful for the opportunity and the support the board has given me over the years to lead an incredible organization like the Airports Authority. Aviation is a business that I have dedicated my life to, and I can’t think of a better place to have been during these recent years of dramatic change and challenges to our industry. We have met these challenges because of the leadership of the board and the efforts of our tremendous group of employees. They are truly the backbone of the airports authority, and they make their mark every day on the service we provide to the region and the world,” Bennett said.

Bennett was the second head of the authority in its 24-year history. Under his leadership, Washington Dulles improved its position as a major transatlantic gateway and became a significant gateway to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Domestically, access to low fares at Washington Dulles has grown substantially. Road improvements to substantially improve the capacity of the Dulles Corridor and to provide access to Washington Dulles from the south and west are underway. The Environmental Impact Study for Dulles Airport’s fourth and fifth runways was completed, the fourth runway built, and progress made toward construction of the fifth, and the Dulles Rail Project was financed and entered construction.

He served as chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, campaign chair for the Arlington United Way, a member of the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission and a member of the Board of the Greater Washington Initiative.

He also held positions with the Airport Operators Council International and airports in Phoenix, Shreveport, La. and Flint, Mich.

The MWAA board has not yet named an interim president and CEO.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

DOAV receives ISO certificiation



Governor McDonnell has announced that the Virginia Department of Aviation has become the first state aviation agency in the United States to receive ISO 9001:2008 certification by undergoing an independent audit. ISO 9001:2008 is an international quality management standard that organizations implement to demonstrate their ability to provide services that meet statutory and regulatory requirements. This achievement demonstrates DOAV's strong commitment to providing the highest level of service to the aviation community and the citizens of Virginia.

Speaking about the certification, Governor McDonnell commented, "This is an achievement not only for the Virginia Department of Aviation, but for the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. It is an honor that one of our state agencies has earned a place among the high–performing companies who have ISO certification."

DOAV is the first state aviation agency in the nation, the second agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia (following Virginia Port Authority) and the second state agency in the nation to achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification (the Illinois Department of Transportation completed its certification effort in July 2009).

Companies that achieve certification demonstrate top management's commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning, efficient resource management, effective records management, and continual analysis and improvement of business processes.

The Performance Management Group at VCU helped to integrate ISO principles into the culture of DOAV and instill its philosophy into day to day operations. Dr. Jim Burke, Director of the Performance Management Group stated, "It is our hope that this will be an example throughout the Commonwealth of how dedicated people and leadership can advance government in Virginia, even during difficult economic times."

"By becoming the first state aviation agency to achieve ISO 9001:2008 registration, DOAV is setting the example for other states to follow," said Chris Lupo, General Manager, NSF International Strategic Registrations, an authority on management systems registration. DOAV will maintain its certification by participating in bi–annual audits and complying with the strict requirements of quality standards.

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