Leadership

John Selden

Airport General Manager

John Selden took the reins as general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in October 2018 with more than 30 years of aviation experience. A former military and commercial pilot before joining the ranks of airport management, Selden has excelled in all facets of aviation, including operational budgeting, customer service, labor relations, aircraft maintenance and operations, facilities management and improvement programs. For more, click here.

Michael L. Smith

Airport Deputy General Manager, Administration

Michael L. Smith is the Airport deputy general manager of Administration. He manages the department’s day-to-day functions, including commercial operations, planning and development, finance, procurement and IT. For more, click here.

Balram Bheodari

Airport Deputy General Manager, Operations

Balram Bheodari is the Airport deputy general manager of Operations. With 30 years of aviation industry experience Bheodari oversees public safety and security; operations, maintenance and transportation; planning and development; and sustainability, asset management and facilities. For more, click here.

Greg Richardson

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Richardson is the Airport chief financial officer. A certified public accountant, he monitors ATL’s nearly $1 billion annual budget and oversees the financing needs for ATLNext, the Airport’s capital improvement program. For more, click here.

Bryan Benefiel

Assistant General Manager, Finance and Accounting

Bryan Benefiel is the assistant general manager of finance and accounting. He oversees the finance and accounting functions of the Airport. Mr. Benefiel has more than 20 years of experience in finance and accounting roles, with experience in the public and private sectors. His experience includes strategic planning, financial planning and analysis, financial reporting, budgeting, capital finance and business process improvement. For more, click here.

Paul Brown

Assistant General Manager, Commercial Development

Paul Brown is the assistant general manager for commercial development. With more than 20 years of experience in non-aeronautical revenue generation, Mr. Brown oversees the division responsible for properties and airline affairs, concessions, parking, air service development and innovation. For more, click here.

Sharon Heard-Brown

Sharon Heard-Brown

Assistant General Manager, IT Operations

Sharon Heard-Brown is the assistant general manager of IT operations. She is responsible for implementing and integrating technologies to support the Department of Aviation’s strategic objectives. For more, click here.

Jan Lennon

Assistant General Manager, Public Safety
and Security

Jan Lennon is the assistant general manager for public safety and security. She leads the Airport public safety and security team, with operational responsibilities for Airport law enforcement, life and fire safety, emergency preparedness and response, and the Airport Communications Center. For more, click here.

Tom Nissalke

Assistant General Manager, Planning and Development

Thomas Nissalke is the assistant general manager of planning and development. In this role, he oversees the planning, design and construction of ATLNext, the Airport’s 20-year, multibillion-dollar capital improvement program. In addition to managing ATLNext’s implementation, Mr. Nissalke is responsible for all Airport planning and the ATL’s environmental compliance programs, environmental planning and federal grants, and regulations compliance. For more, click here.

Paul Meyer

Assistant General Manager, Operations, Maintenance and Transportation

Paul Meyer is the assistant general manager for operations, maintenance and transportation.  An accredited airport executive, he oversees the operations department to ensure a safe, efficient environment for more than 101 million passengers and more than 880,000 flight operations annually. For more, click here.

Elise Durham

Director, Policy and Communications

Elise Durham is director of policy and communications. She oversees media relations and strategic, executive and crisis communications. Additionally, she advises senior leadership on communications strategies for the multibillion-dollar capital improvement program, aviation security, lease agreements, passenger and air cargo growth, and business development. For more, click here.

Jaimi Tapp

Director, Strategic Planning

Jaimi Tapp is the director of strategic planning. She oversees the strategic planning process, including plan development and implementation. For more, click here.

Myrna White

Director, Office of Public Affairs

Myrna White is director of the Office of Public Affairs. She is responsible for business units that manage government and community affairs, speakers bureau, Partners in Education, international affairs, web content and public relations (excluding media relations). For more, click here.

Anita Williams

Legislative Research and Policy Analyst

Anita Williams is the legislative research and policy analyst. She manages the legislative process to ensure the timely development, processing and passage of the Department of Aviation’s legislation by the City of Atlanta. For more, click here.