O’Brien’s resignation effective March 31
Bob O’Brien’s resignation as executive director of Chicago Rockford Airport is effective tomorrow, Thursday, March 31.
The Greater Rockford Airport Authority announced O’Brien’s resignation date today, March 30, one day after The Rock River Times broke the story of the resignation of O’Brien and Airport Authority Board Chairman Brian Boyer.
According to a release, “The mutual decision was reached after lengthy discussions regarding the strategic direction of the airport and O’Brien’s desire to pursue other opportunities.”
Bharat Puri, acting board chairman and nephew of First Rockford Group Founder and President Sunil Puri, said: “The board would like to thank Bob for his many years of dedication and excellent work for the airport, and the community in general. Under Bob’s leadership, the airport grew in both passenger and cargo traffic during his nine-year tenure. The airport also saw major infrastructure improvements in both the terminal and runway/taxiway system. The board wishes Bob the best in his future endeavors.”
Bharat Puri also serves as director of finance and commercial development for First Rockford Group.
O’Brien said: “I would like to thank the community and the Airport Authority Board for the opportunity to lead the airport over the past decade. The airport is well-positioned to continue to grow in both cargo and passenger air traffic. I also want to publicly thank the staff at the airport for their excellent work and dedication over the years. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Rockford community and the many friends I have made.”
Franz Olson, long-term employee and deputy director of Operations and Facilities, has been appointed acting airport director until the board decides on further direction. The airport operations will continue without interruption.
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