The Wayne County Airport Authority Board voted this week to appoint Genelle Allen, Esq. to serve as interim CEO as the search is underway to replace current CEO Joseph R. Nardone.
In her new role, Allen will lead the Airport Authority, the independent governmental entity tasked with management and operation of Detroit Metropolitan (DTW) and Willow Run (YIP) airports, until the board selects a longer-term replacement for Nardone.
"Genelle is a well-respected leader in our state, especially within the Airport Authority," said Wayne County Airport Authority Board Chair Michael Garavaglia. "We are pleased she accepted the Board's request to return to WCAA. Her extensive knowledge about our industry, combined with her leadership, legal and procurement experience, will help the Airport Authority continue to be a key contributor to Michigan's economy as we finalize transition plans for longer-term leadership."
While serving as the interim CEO, Allen will be on an unpaid-leave of absence from her role as Chief Operating Officer for Wayne County.