The Wayne County Airport Authority Board has voted to appoint Genelle Allen as interim CEO while the board searches for a replacement for current CEO Joseph Nardone. As interim CEO, Allen will manage the operation of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP).
To fulfill this role Allen will be on an unpaid leave of absence from her role as chief operating officer for Wayne County.
In addition to her current roles Allen’s background also includes 15 years with DTW and YIP. She started as assistant corporation counsel for the airport authority’s predecessor in 1997. She followed this position with jobs as senior vice president of procurement and strategy management, executive vice president, interim CEO and deputy CEO.
Allen earned her law degree from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She has held several positions in both the public and private sectors.
“I look forward to working with the board and my former colleagues and newer members of the WCAA team during this transition,” says Allen. “Together, we will ensure we’re providing a world-class passenger experience, investing in our employees, operating safe and secure airports, and maintaining a competitive cost structure, while creating opportunities for job growth in our state.”