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Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Keith Meurlin Retires from Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
28-Year Career at Dulles International Airport
Keith Wood Meurlin has announced his retirement from the position of Vice President and Airport Manager of Washington Dulles International Airport. He will leave his position at the end of March.
"Keith has overseen a very challenging period of change and improvement at Dulles Airport over the years," said James E. Bennett, President/CEO of the Airports Authority. "His dedication and commitment to ensuring that Dulles kept pace with the tremendous growth in air service demand in our metropolitan region is appreciated by the aviation community as well as the many government and business officials he worked with over the years."
In making his announcement, Mr. Meurlin said, "I have decided after a very rewarding career with the Airports Authority, to retire. My thanks to all my co-workers who have done so much to support me and this organization and to make Dulles one of the best Airports in the country. I'm proud of what we have accomplished and what I know will be accomplished in the future."
As Airport Manager, Mr. Meurlin directed operations, maintenance, and commercial activities at Dulles-which employs nearly 17,000 people and is one of the busiest in the country in terms of aircraft operations. During his tenure as Airport Manager, the Airports Authority has invested nearly $1.5 billion in expanding the Airport facilities in the late 1990's and is currently undertaking an additional $3 billion dollar construction program to keep pace with current and future growth.
Mr. Meurlin came to the Washington airports following his active duty in the United States Air Force in 1977. He began his service as an Airport Operations Officer and successively advanced through the organization in Engineering and Maintenance and Operations management positions before becoming the Airport Manager in 1989.
Mr. Meurlin has had extensive community involvement: he has served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Reston and the Loudoun Chambers of Commerce; Board of Directors of the Loudoun County Convention and Visitors Association; member of Leadership Fairfax; is on the Board of the United Way for both Loudoun County and the National Capital Area; and is the Past Chairman of the Heart Association of Northern Virginia.
He was also the recipient of the 2000 Citizen of the Year award from the Loudoun Rotary and the 2002 Tower of Dulles Award from the Committee for Dulles.
In addition to his service with the Airports Authority, Mr. Meurlin has continued his military service in the Air Force Reserve where he has attained the rank of Major General; the highest rank a traditional reservist can achieve.
The Airports Authority has also announced the appointment of Christopher U. Browne to the position of Vice President/Airport Manager for Dulles Airport. Mr. Browne joined the Airports Authority in 1988 after a career with the United States Navy as a Naval Aviator and is currently the Airport Manager of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, a position he has held since 1998.
Said James E. Bennett in making the announcement, "Chris has done a great job managing Reagan National, and I know he will bring these solid skills to his new job and will provide a smooth transition for Dulles Airport, our customers, employees and tenants."
In accepting his appointment, Mr. Browne said, "I've been very fortunate to spend the last seventeen years at Reagan National Airport where I've seen a great airport become even better. I want to thank the Airport staff and community and the Arlington and Alexandria leaders and organizations who have contributed so much to making Reagan National what it is today. I'm looking forward to having the same positive working relationships with the staff and community at Dulles."
Mr. Browne is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives and has participated in Leadership Arlington, served on the Arlington County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the recipient of the Virginia Airport Manager of the Year Award in 2002.
Christopher U. Browne