Kim Day has been selected to be executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — the City of Los Angeles department that operates Los Angeles International Airport and three other city-owned airports.

She earlier was interim executive director.

Her appointment was made by the City of Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners Thursday, October 21st.

The appointment requires confirmation by Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and the Los Angeles City Council.

Day had served as interim executive director since December last year, following the resignation of former airport executive director Lydia Kennard.

Day’s appointment as executive director follows a nationwide search and consideration of more than 100 candidates.

“The Board of Airport Commissioners is confident that it has made an excellent choice in selecting Kim Day to lead Los Angeles World Airports,” said airport board president Cheryl Petersen.

“She is extremely well qualified to lead the department as demonstrated by her accomplishments over the past year as interim executive director,” Petersen said.

From November 1999 until she was named interim executive director, Day was airport deputy executive director of project and facilities development, responsible for design, construction and engineering at all four city-owned airports.

Day is an architect with more than 25 years of experience in design and implementation, including aviation projects.

She began her professional career in 1977 with the firm of Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall of Los Angeles/San Francisco, where she oversaw a variety of airport and transportation projects, including serving as project director for the terminal project at the Ontario International Airport.

Day has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Cornell University and she completed graduate course work at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. She is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

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