Executive Management

Chief Executive Officer, Kim Day

Kim Day began leading Denver International Airport, "the sixth-busiest commercial airport in the United States," in April 2008. The airport boasts a robust network of 180 destinations served, including an ever-growing list of international destinations. Reappointed to her position as the chief executive officer in 2011 by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock, she has continued her vision for the region's primary economic engine.

Since her tenure began, she has overseen an update to the airport's master plan and set in motion the program that completed the original vision: adding an airport hotel and transit center. In November 2015, a 519-room hotel opened adjacent to the terminal and just above a commuter rail transit center that links the airport and downtown Denver in just 37 minutes.

With more than 35 years of experience, Ms. Day has served as executive director of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) -- the agency that manages Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Palmdale Regional Airport. Before assuming the top position with LAWA, she oversaw the agency's design and construction. After receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree from Cornell University, Ms. Day practiced architecture for more than 20 years.

In September 2011, she was named Airport Director of the Year in the large/medium airports category by Airport Revenue News and recognized by Visit Denver in 2011 and 2012 for Outstanding Contributions to Tourism.

From 2010-2016, the Denver Business Journal named her one of its annual Power Book finalists--a designation that honors the top men and women newsmakers in the business community and the Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce honored Ms. Day as one the "25 Most Powerful Women in Denver" in January 2013.

In November 2015, Colorado Biz Magazine named her a finalist for its CEO of the Year award, and in October 2015, she was nominated by Commercial Real Estate Women of Denver as the organization’s “Entrepreneur Woman of Influence.” In October 2016, Commercial Real Estate Women - Denver gave Day its Entrepreneur Woman of Influence Award for her unique career success and for her willingness to take risks.

Executive Vice Presidents

General Counsel, Xavier DuRán

Xavier DuRán is the chief lawyer for Denver International Airport. His responsibilities include executive management of legal and regulatory affairs.

Chief of Staff, Eric Hiraga

Eric Hiraga has served as Executive Vice President and Chief of Staff since January of 2012.  Hiraga manages DEN’s External Affairs Business Unit and is responsible for overseeing the airport’s Executive Office, Air Service Development, Global Communications, Government Affairs, and the Executive Office administrated sections.  Since joining DEN in 2009, as Strategic Advisor, Hiraga has served in several “acting” capacities.  Acting posts include Director of Business Management Services, Manager of Capital Improvement Program, and Director of Financial Planning and Analysis. 

Chief Operating Officer, Ken Greene

Ken Greene leads the business unit that includes airport infrastructure management, technologies, airport operations, the Hotel and Transit Center, special projects and administration, which consists of the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and employee engagement/diversity.

Chief Commercial Officer, Patrick Heck

Patrick Heck is the Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President. In this role, he is responsible for all airport commercial revenue programs including the retail, food and beverage, commercial property, car rental, parking and ground transportation businesses.  He is also in charge of airline affairs and air service development. Heck returned to DEN in 2016 after serving five years as the airport’s Chief Financial Officer from 2009 to 2014.

Chief Financial Officer, Gisela Shanahan

Gisela Shanahan leads the business unit that includes finance, accounting, business management services, internal audit and financial planning and analysis. In this role, she directs the financial and strategic management of the airport’s capital program and operating budget with annual revenues of approximately $900 million and a $1.4 billion capital program.

Chief Real Estate Officer, Darryl Jones

Darryl Jones is the Chief Real Estate Officer and Executive Vice President responsible for the continued development and economic expansion of the airport’s real estate program on 17,000 developable acres. The program includes the transit-oriented communities at two on-airport, commuter rail stations, and the 1,500-acre commercial-use pilot program, ratified by voters in November 2015.