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ATLANTA -- Three finalists have been named in the national search for a new general manager to lead Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Mayor Kasim Reed announced early Monday.

The finalists are:

*Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation, Oakland International Airport

*Miguel A. Southwell, Interim General Manager, City of Atlanta Department of Aviation

*Paul J. Wiedefeld, Executive Director, Maryland Aviation Administration

The search process included an exhaustive look at the top aviation executives across the top 40 airports in the nation, according to a press released issued by the Mayor's office.

Reed met April 17 with five candidates identified by the committee and selected the three finalists, the release said. He will conduct a second interview and make a selection from these three names within 14 days.

The new general manager will be responsible for completing the airport's master plan, growing air cargo, generating new revenues, and other projects that will spur economic development for Atlanta and the region.

The airport general manager reports to the Chief Operating Officer and the appointment will require Atlanta City Council confirmation.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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