Mayor Jackie Biskupski’s Statement on Reappointment of Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports

Mayor Jackie Biskupski announced the reappointment of Maureen Riley as Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.

The Department of Airports oversees a portfolio of three airports, including Salt Lake International Airport, South Valley Regional Airport in West Jordan, and Tooele Valley Airport in Erda, Utah.

“We are at a critical time for Salt Lake City International Airport and Maureen has proven herself adept at handling the intricacies of managing one of the nation’s largest airports,” said Mayor Biskupski on the announcement. “Salt Lake City is lucky to have a recognized leader at the helm of our Department of Airports, which generates over $1 billion in economic activity for the state, and has the potential to be an even bigger asset in the future.”   

Maureen Riley was originally appointed Executive Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports in 2007 by Mayor Ralph Becker. Prior to coming to Salt Lake City, Maureen spent 13 years at Orlando International Airport in a variety of roles, including Deputy Executive Director of Finance and Administration. In addition to her responsibilities as director, Maureen currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA). Maureen is a member of the Airports Council International’s World Governing Board. In December 2015, Maureen was named Airport Revenue News’ Director of the Year, citing her ability to “spearhead the agreements necessary to move forward with this project [SLC International Airport terminal redevelopment], coupled with her involvement in national and international trade groups.”

“I’m excited to continue in my role with the Department of Airports; to complete the Salt Lake City International Terminal Redevelopment Program, and to integrate all three airports into the Mayor’s economic development plans,” said Maureen Riley on the announcement. “We have real opportunity over the next few years to build our airports into stronger economic engines of the city and the region and I am looking forward to working with the Mayor’s Office and the people of Utah to make that a reality.”

Salt Lake City International Airport is currently in the midst of a $1.8 billion Terminal Redevelopment Program, which will address spacing needs, seismic concerns, and modernize the airport’s existing infrastructure. The project was initiated in 2014 and is expected to take eight to ten years to complete.