Mario Rodriguez, who has worked in the aviation industry for 20 years, will take over the Long Beach facility Feb. 23. He will oversee a staff of about 125 people and a roughly $28 million budget.
"Mr. Rodriguez's exemplary background in the private and public sector provides him with a unique understanding of the industry, which will be an asset to the Long Beach community as he faces many significant challenges in his new role," City Manager Patrick West said.
Rodriguez is deputy director of planning and development at the New Orleans airport, where he oversees sound-insulation and land-acquisition programs and aircraft noise monitoring efforts.
He previously worked with the Palm Beach County Department of Airports. In the private sector, he worked with various consulting firms that contributed to master-planning and construction-administration at airports including those in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach.