Wayne County Airport Authority Names Chief Executive Officer

Chad Newton // Photograph Courtesy of WCAA

The Wayne County Airport Authority Board of Directors has confirmed Chad Newton as CEO of the Wayne County Airport Authority, which operates Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports, with an initial three-year contract.

“With over two decades of serving Detroit Metropolitan Airport, Mr. Newton not only brings experience and leadership to the table, but an understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in leveling the playing field for all citizens of this region,” says Nabih H. Ayad, chairman of the Wayne County Airport Authority.

Newton is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and certified by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.). He is one of approximately 500 airport executives in the United States and the first WCAA CEO to hold this title. The A.A.E. certification is the highest level of accreditation granted by AAAE to aviation professionals who have demonstrated their ability to handle the responsibilities of airport management.

“Safety and security is one of the biggest concerns at any major airport,” says Newton. “It is an honor to know the board of directors has confidence in the nearly 30 years I’ve spent in law enforcement, including 20 years at Detroit Metro Airport. I look forward to using my knowledge and experience as our team continues to improve the customer experience, collaborate with our stakeholders, support small businesses, and give back to our community.”

Newton is a United States Army veteran and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and a master’s degree in law enforcement technology studies from Eastern Michigan University.