Airport Authority president, CEO to retire

Raul Regalado has served in roles since 2001

Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority President and CEO Raul Regalado announced today plans to retire, effective June 30.

Rob Wigington, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer, will replace Regalado (pictured here).

“Raul Regalado has been a strong leader and effective manager whose sustainable vision and commitment to excellence has brought significant, positive changes to Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports,” MNAA Board Chairman Jim Cheek said in a release. “From the MNAA’s unique core competency, known as the Nashville Airports Experience, to its award-winning projects and customer-service initiatives, Raul and the MNAA team have been at the epicenter of the airports’ successes.”

Since he joined the MNAA, Regalado has implemented various strategies and processes that have streamlined and improved facilities and services at Nashville International and John C. Tune Airports, airport officials said in the release. He led the MNAA to operate as a Six Sigma organization, committed to continuous improvement and earning the Achievement Award under the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence.

Regalado has served as MNAA president and CEO since 2001.

Wigington joined the MNAA staff from Houston, where he had served as deputy director of the Houston Airport System since 2007.