Denver International Airport’s next CEO is ex-RTD head Phil Washington

The man who runs Los Angeles’ public transportation is the likely next CEO of the Denver International Airport this summer, Mayor Michael Hancock announced Monday morning.

If Phil Washington’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he spent several years running the Regional Transportation District in the Denver metro before heading to Los Angeles. So long as the Denver City Council approves Hancock’s decision, Washington will take over for departing CEO Kim Day, who announced her retirement in May after 13 years at the head.

“You stole him from us,” Hancock said he told Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, “so it only makes sense that I come back and get what belonged to Denver in the first place.”

As CEO, Washington will oversee multiple expansion projects underway at the airport, including a controversial $770 million terminal renovation, a push to add 39 gates and the planning process to add a seventh runway.

The airport CEO’s annual salary is $266,143 a year.

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