Leischner to lead Q-C Int'l airport


MOLINE, Ill. — The Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County has appointed Ben Leischner as executive director of the Quad City International Airport.

In this role, he is responsible for the overall business and financial administration, planning, operations and development of the airport. Leischner begins his new position May 28.

“I am very excited to join the Metropolitan Airport Authority of Rock Island County and to partner with the Board in the continued success of Quad City International Airport,” said Leischner. “I am very impressed by the people and the community the airport serves and I look forward to partnering with local leaders in pursuing regional initiatives that increase services for the community.”

Leischner worked for the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for 14 years, holding positions of increased levels of responsibility. He most recently served as airport operations manager/airline scheduling manager. He has previous experience with the Port of Bellingham, Bellingham International Airport, and DY Consultants. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and Flight Operations from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska. Leischner is an Accredited Airport Executive through the American Association of Airport Executives and is a commercial instrument pilot.

“The Board has worked hard to ensure that the best candidates from a strong field of nationwide applicants were interviewed," said John Malvik, interim chairman of the Board of Commissioners. "While interviewing the finalists, Ben distinguished himself and impressed the Board with his knowledge, enthusiasm, and expertise. The Board believes that Ben will prove to be a dynamic and energetic leader of our airport for years to come.”

This national search was conducted by ADK Executive Search, a retained executive search firm specializing exclusively in searches for the aviation community. The Quad City International Airport serves travelers from Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois on four airlines, with dozens of nonstop and connecting flights daily.

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