Fort McMurray Airport Authority appoints president and CEO

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Fort McMurray Airport Authority (FMAA) in Canada has selected Denean Robinson as its president and CEO, effective January 1, 2023.

Robinson has been interim president and CEO of the company since Roelof-Jan Steenstra’s departure in September 2022. Her goals for 2023 include strengthening and diversifying revenue sources and continuing to increase domestic and transborder air services, further establishing Fort McMurray International Airport (YMM) as Northern Alberta’s airport of choice.

In her previous role as chief financial officer and vice president of corporate services, Robinson managed the financial health of the organization while navigating challenges associated with the oil and gas industry downturn, natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past two years, Robinson has secured C$36m (US$26.5m) in grant funding from all levels of government, enabling continued airport operations despite the abrupt decline in travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. With Robinson’s leadership and support, FMAA achieved ACI World’s Global Carbon and Health Program Accreditations. In 2020, Robinson was recognized as ACI – North America’s Finance Professional of the Year, serving under two million passengers. She also currently serves as treasurer of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Chwelos, board chair of the FMAA, said, “After an extensive international search, and consideration given to several highly qualified candidates, the board of directors chose Denean for the position. She has six years of experience as the chief financial officer and vice president of corporate services with the organization. In that time, she has displayed an unwavering commitment to the airport’s interests and success.”

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