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Alumni in the News: Miguel Southwell named general manager of Atlanta's airport
Author: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Posted: May 12, 2014

This article originally appeared in the Atlanta Business Chronicle

Miguel Southwell on Monday was named the new chief of the world's busiest airport.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed named Southwell general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. He will replace Louis Miller, who retired at the end of last year.

“I’m confident that Miguel Southwell is the right executive to continue Hartsfield-Jackson’s dominance as the world’s busiest passenger airport, and grow its capabilities as a leading global cargo hub,” Mayor Reed said in a statement.

Southwell was a finalist for the position in 2010, when Miller was appointed during Mayor Reed’s first term. He has been interim aviation general manager since Miller left.

Southwell joined the city's Department of Aviation in 2013 as the deputy general manager of commercial operations. Prior to joining the city, he was the deputy director of business retention and development for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department in Florida. He worked for Miami-Dade for 12 years. Previously, Southwell worked for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport from 1990 to 2001, in various roles, including interim assistant general manager for two years.

Southwell recently accompanied a group of Metro Atlanta Chamber economic development leaders and city officials on a trade mission to Brazil. To read his post for Atlanta Business Chronicle about this trip, click here.

Southwell is a graduate of Portland State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management in 1986. He later earned an MBA in International Business at the City University of New York (Baruch). Southwell has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he taught a number of transportation management courses.