06/18/2013 02:49 EDT | Updated 08/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Craig Richmond Named YVR CEO

RICHMOND, B.C. - Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the appointment of veteran executive Craig Richmond as the its new president and CEO.

Richmond, a former military fighter pilot, has held positions as CEO at six different airports in three countries while with Vantage Airport Group, a for-profit company half owned by the Vancouver authority.

He takes up his new duties July 2, replacing longtime CEO Larry Berg.

"Like YVR itself, our new president and CEO is a homegrown success story," authority chairwoman Mary Jordan said Tuesday.

"A unique mix of work experience, skills, education and values amassed over a lifetime in aviation — including a decade's worth of experience as a Canadian military fighter pilot — make Craig a great fit for a great job."

Prior to his international postings, Richmond served as vice-president of operations at the Vancouver airport during which time he led the operational response to the events of 9/11 and SARS and introduced new airfield safety technologies.

Richmond is Vancouver Airport Authority's third president and CEO since management of YVR transferred from the federal government to a local, community-based authority in 1992.

The authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that manages Canada's second busiest airport, Vancouver International Airport, which serviced 17.6 million passengers and handled 227,000 tonnes of cargo in 2012.

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