Miguell Southwell

Miguell Southwell

Miguel Southwell was named interim aviation general manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in January 2014.

Southwell, who in June 2013 returned to ATL as a deputy general manager, brings more than two decades of aviation management experience to his new role. He is the former deputy director of business for Miami International Airport (MIA) and four Miami-Dade County general aviation airports. During his 12-year tenure in Miami, he was responsible for generating more than $700 million in annual revenue from a wide variety of airport businesses, including real estate management, restaurants, retail, parking and hotel operations. Southwell also oversaw the divisions of HR, Procurement, Contracts, Arts and Cultural activities at MIA.

Under Southwell’s leadership, Miami was named the Fastest Growing U.S. Airport in 2011 by aviation industry analysts Airline Network News & Analysis. Southwell helped Miami gain recognition for the most international flights and passenger traffic growth that exceeded the national average for two consecutive years. He also led negotiations for more than $1.2 billion in public-private partnerships. These achievements were notably performed during a recession that dramatically impacted the aviation industry.

During his tenure, Miami’s concessions program was named the 2012 Best Large Airport Concessions Program by Airport Revenue News. Additionally, Southwell helped Miami retain its position as the top U.S. airport for international freight, and the only U.S. airport ranked among the world’s top ten.

Before joining MIA in 2001, Southwell spent 11 years at ATL in numerous leadership positions, including as interim assistant general manager for Business and Finance. He also served for five years as an adjunct professor at Georgia State University where he taught courses in air transportation management. Southwell previously worked as a regional manager and assistant vice president of Willamette Savings, where he oversaw the lending and savings operations of 16 branches in Portland, Oregon. He began his career in the airline industry.

Southwell holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Portland State University and a master’s degree in International Business from City University of New York’s Bernard Baruch College. Southwell currently chairs the Airports Council International (ACI) – Fund Council that provides training to airport professionals in developing countries. ACI is the world’s association of airports with more than 1,750 member airports in 174 countries. Southwell served six years on the ACI World Governing Board and is the immediate past president of its Latin America and Caribbean Region.