Deborah Flint, a Canadian-born CEO, is a powerful figure in the aviation sector. She has worked in the aviation business in numerous capacities since joining the corporate world, and she is credited with revamping some of the world’s busiest airports.
Flint is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which manages Toronto Pearson International Airport. According to blackwoman.com, the airport is considered Canada’s largest and busiest.
She was the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates two of the world’s busiest airports in the United States — LAX and Van Nuys Airports — before becoming president and CEO of Greater Toronto Airports Authority in 2020.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed her to the job in 2015 with the goal of making Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY) world-class airports. She oversaw a $15 billion initiative to prepare the airport to handle over 100 million travelers per year, according to sources.
Mayor Garcetti noted at the time, “Deborah is an amazing leader whose innovation, patience, and unusual commitment have helped bring LAX to the brink of dramatic change.”
“From the contracts and groundbreakings for the Automated People Mover train and other state-of-the-art facilities to the team that will create the airport of the future to welcome the world in 2028, she has set in motion all the critical elements of LAX’s modernisation.”
Flint is a San Jose University graduate. Her background has primarily been in the aviation business. She formerly worked at the Port of Oakland in Northern California as the Aviation Director and Interim Port Executive Director. She previously served on the Federal Reserve Bank’s board of directors and is a director of Honeywell Corporation.
“It is bittersweet to be leaving LAWA, but, as a Canadian-born airport executive, I am looking forward to this homecoming and to leading Toronto Pearson, a rising and notable star on the international airport stage,” Flint said when it was announced that she would be leaving her job as President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.