Mayor Parker Selects Houston Airport System Director
Mayor Annise Parker today named Mario C. Diaz as her choice to be director of the Houston Airport System.
"Mr. Diaz has the experience our airport system needs to ensure its continued success," said Mayor Parker. "Our airports give many people a first impression of Houston, while also providing a welcome for others returning home. Efficiency and high-quality customer service are crucial for all travelers - whether they are from Houston, come for a short stay or just passing through."
Diaz has a strong focus on customer service and is regarded as one of the industry's leading authorities in aviation technology as well as the study of future developments in commercial aviation. He comes to Houston from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport where he served as deputy general manager for more than 10 years, overseeing daily operations, finance, capital development and technological innovation for the world's busiest airport. He was a major force in Hartsfield-Jackson's technology innovations, including development of the world's largest indoor Wi-Fi hotspot.
With more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry Diaz has held positions with New Jersey Airports, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and John F. Kennedy Airport. He is a licensed private pilot with instrument certification.
A native of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, Diaz graduated from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He holds an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers Graduate School of Business Administration in New Jersey. His nomination requires confirmation by Houston City Council.
The Houston Airport System (HAS) provides air service through three facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport and Ellington Airport. The three-airport system served more than 48.5 million passengers in 2009, including more than 7.8 million international travelers.