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Gerald R. Ford International Airport executive director leaving for job in Minneapolis

BY MiBiz Staff Wednesday, March 23, 2016 10:46am

GRAND RAPIDS — Brian Ryks, executive director of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA), has accepted a new job as the executive director and CEO of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

Ryks, a Minnesota native, has led the executive staff at GFIA since July 2012. His last day on the job will be May 20, according to a statement.

GFIA chairman Roger Morgan said in the statement that both the airport board and members of the regional business community will be involved in the search for Ryks’ replacement.

During Ryks’ tenure at GFIA, the airport saw passenger growth, facility improvements and the arrival of Southwest Airlines to the market.

Later this year, the airport is expected to complete its transition from a wholly-owned asset of Kent County to a regional authority governance structure.

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