After a months-long search, Long Beach airport has a new chief.
Cynthia Guidry, who has 14 years of airport management experience, will become the city’s director of the Long Beach Airport starting late July, according to a city announcement on Tuesday, June 11.
She will replace Claudia Lewis, who served as interim director since January, after Jess Romo retired as director after about three years.
Guidry has 26 years of local government experience with a background in civil engineering and project management. For five years, she most recently served as the deputy executive director for the city of Los Angeles World Airports, the governing body for LAX and Van Nuys airports.
“As an airport professional and a Long Beach resident, she understands our community, our customers and how unique Long Beach Airport truly is,” City Manager Patrick West said in a statement.
Guidry will come to the Long Beach Airport at a time when certain airlines are expanding, or rolling back, their flights while uncertainty about the airport’s security team's structure continues.
At Los Angeles World Airports, Guidry developed new policy and procedures for its capital improvement program and managed multi-billion-dollar projects. She also has been responsible for construction safety, logistics, inspections and quality assurance programs.
“I am thrilled to join the team and honored that the city of Long Beach selected me to steward an incredible award-winning airport,” Guidry said. “Operating for over 95 years, LGB Airport holds a special niche in the aviation community with its easy access, sustainable facilities, and welcoming feel for travelers.
“I look forward to working with the LGB team and our stakeholders for continual partnership and success as we deliver the next phase of airport improvements.”