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Denver International Airport Chief Financial Officer Earns 2023 Airport Finance Professional of the Year Award

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DENVER – July 10, 2023 – Mike Nakornkhet, Denver International Airport (DEN) Chief Financial Officer, has been recognized as a 2023 Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Finance Professional of the Year for large hub airports. ACI-NA, the trade association which represents commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, announced the recipients in June during the 2023 ACI-NA Business of Airports Conference. The annual conference was attended by more than 700 commercial management, business diversity, human resources, and finance professionals from the North American airport industry.

An aviation professional with more than 20 years of experience, Mike Nakornkhet joined DEN in 2021 as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2022. In these roles, he quickly devised a two-year plan that led DEN through one of the fastest financial recoveries in the United States. Nakornkhet brought back $500 million in Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects that had been paused due to the pandemic and successfully made the financial case for a $1.3 billion Great Hall redevelopment project to facilitate passenger growth that is already exceeding 2019 levels.

“Mike has demonstrated exceptional leadership during his time at DEN and that is evidenced by our continued financial strength,” said DEN CEO Phil Washington. “He has played a crucial role in the airport’s post-pandemic financial recovery and is ensuring that DEN meets or exceeds all its financial metrics. Mike is an incredible asset to the team and DEN is fortunate to have him.”

Nakornkhet also champions DEN’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) initiatives, having identified contracting, hiring and grant opportunities with an EDIA focus. A key component of the Great Hall completion project is the Center of Equity and Excellence in Aviation (CEEA), a first-of-its-kind workforce training center to provide opportunities for underrepresented youth who are interested in careers in aviation.

Since 2020, Nakornkhet has served pro-bono as chair of the Executive Board of the International Airport Professional Community of Practice (IAP CoP), a community of more than 1,200 ACI/ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Program (AMPAP) graduates.


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