The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Wednesday, May 30th, to confirm the appointment of Gina Marie Lindsey as executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the city agency that operates Los Angeles International Airport and three other Southern California airports, reportedly at an annual salary of $305,000.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Lindsey’s appointment to the post May 10th, following her unanimous approval by the Board of Airport Commissioners.

Her appointment was considered Tuesday, May 29th, by the City Council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, which voted to recommend her appointment to the full City Council.

“In searching for a new executive director, we knew we needed someone with experience, with the ability to build bridges and with a vision for moving the area’s airports forward,” said Villaraigosa. “We have found the perfect candidate in Gina Marie Lindsey.”

Lindsey has 16 years of experience in airport management and a record of success in renovating and expanding international airports, city officials said.

One of Lindsey’s first responsibilities will be to continue the modernization and regionalization efforts among the airport agency’s airports and initiatives to update airport services.

Lindsey is the 12th executive director in the 79-year history of the city airport department.

She replaces Lydia H. Kennard, who resigned in January to return to the private sector.

Before joining Los Angeles World Airports, Lindsey served as an executive vice president at McBee Strategic Consulting, LLC, an aviation lobbying and consulting practice in Washington, D.C.

Prior to that post, she was aviation director for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Port of Seattle. Her experience also includes serving as director and development manager of the Alaska International Airport System.