The Tucson Airport Authority board voted on Friday, July 19, during a special meeting to terminate the employment of CEO Bonnie Allin. Danette Bewley was named Interim President and CEO.
Bewley’s appointment takes effect immediately.
Bewley, who has been Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer since May 2014, replaces Allin who began with the Tucson Airport Authority 43 years ago. She served as TAA’s CEO the past 17 years.
“It has been my privilege to be a part of this extraordinary group of people who just this week celebrated our latest customer satisfaction survey results that showed an astonishingly high 99 percent in overall satisfaction,” Allin said in a press release.
TAA Board Chair Lisa Lovallo claimed the “change in leadership intended to further leverage the assets of both Tucson International and Ryan Airfield.”
The TAA will begin a national search before naming a permanent CEO.
TAA has be shrouded in controversy since American Airlines announced that it was suspending direct flights from Tucson to New York, after having taxpayers make a $100,000 payment to American Airlines in an attempt to draw new businesses to the area.