Rick Francis has joined San Diego County Regional Airport Authority as vice president and chief operations officer, effective December 12.

In his new role, Francis will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for terminal and airside operations, aviation security and public safety, ground transportation, and facilities maintenance functions at San Diego International Airport (SAN).  

Airport authority president and CEO Kimberly Becker said, “Rick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role. As we continue building the New T1, his leadership will be an integral part of ensuring our operations remain focused on the customer experience as we navigate through the construction impacts to come.” 

Francis comes to SAN after serving as assistant director at John Wayne Airport for almost six years, including one year as interim airport director. As assistant director, Francis was responsible for oversight of the overall operations of the airport, including operations, maintenance, business development, finance, government affairs, noise abatement, facilities development, and airport rules and regulations. He also worked on the development of new concessions, managing certain lease negotiations, and providing oversight in the preparation of comprehensive financial reports and the annual budget.  

Prior to joining John Wayne Airport, Rick Francis was assistant city manager for the City of Costa Mesa. He also served as chief of staff for Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, whose district included John Wayne Airport, reviewing policy, budget, and development at the airport for the County Supervisor’s Office. 

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