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About six weeks ago, I was honored to be nominated by Mayor Michael B. Hancock and confirmed by the Denver City Council as Denver International Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer. After many years of studying transportation agencies around the world, I know DEN has great employees, a visionary mayor and city council and an organization primed to become one of the best airports in the world.
For those who I don’t yet know, let me share a bit about my background. I was born and raised by a single mother in public housing on the South Side of Chicago. I’m the family’s only son. I have five sisters. After graduation, I joined the United States Army and stayed in service for nearly 25 years. I earned the rank of Command Sergeant Major – the highest rank an enlisted soldier can achieve. I retired in 2000 and transitioned into the transportation industry.
I joined Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) and nine years later I became CEO. During my tenure, RTD completed the A Line commuter rail to DEN and the airport’s transit center which sits below the Westin hotel. In 2015 I was recruited to lead Los Angeles County’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority. The massive organization is central to the nation’s largest county – Los Angeles County’s population alone is greater than 41 of the 50 states.
Leading an airport is a challenging assignment. I plan to impact DEN’s management philosophy and style, our corporate culture, our work ethic, and perhaps most importantly, develop and impart a “Vision” for our future to guide us further into this century and beyond.
Allow me to share some principles from a more-extensive vision discussion I had with DEN employees.
To underscore these principles, DEN will adopt a vision statement: To Provide Excellence in Service and Support.
While it may take some time to fully achieve all the elements of our vision, I believe you will see immediate progress towards it. We value our community and will work to honor your support of our airport.
Phillip A. Washington