Lydia H. Kennard has been appointed by the City of Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) — a position she had from March 2000 to November 2003.
Kennard will oversee Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other city-owned airports in Van Nuys, Ontario and Palmdale.
The Airport Commission announced Kennard’s appointmentfollowing a closed session Monday, October 3rd. Her appoint- ment, effective Saturday, October 8th, requires Los Angeles City Council approval.
“We are indeed fortunate to have someone of Ms. Kennard’s background and history with LAWA available to assume this position,” said Valeria Velasco, newly elected Airport Commission vice president.
“I am also confident she is the right person to modernize LAX in a way we can all be proud of, and which protects and enhances the quality of life in the surrounding communities.”
Kennard will replace Kim Day, who will return to a career as an architect.
“I was not expecting to return to public service when Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa reached out to me,” Kennard said. “His compelling vision for Los Angeles and its airports, combined with the boundless energy, convinced me to reevaluate my priorities and pursuits.
“I look forward to joining his dynamic team and the Board of Airport Commissioners at this exciting and promising time in our city’s history.”
Villaraigosa had submitted Kennard’s name for approval to the airport commissioners.
The mayor said Kennard is committed to his goals of “increasing public safety” at the city airports by creating a “regional plan for accommodating future growth in passenger travel and cargo.”
“Lydia Kennard is an outstanding and experienced leader who brings instant credibility and a steady hand to the management of Los Angeles World Airports,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.
“I look forward to her joining my administration’s team as we work together to modernize the city’s airports in a community-sensitive manner.”
Before she was first appointed as LAWA executive director in March 2000, Kennard had served as interim executive director since August 1999.
In announcing her resignation as executive director in August 2003, Kennard said she stepped down to consider new opportunities in the private sector.
Kennard had also served as Los Angeles World Airports deputy executive director for facilities design, engineering and construction and maintenance.