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Posted on 10.27.09
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  • Posted on 10.27.09

Later today, I plan to introduce Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge as the new director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. You will all learn a great deal more about her then. She’s had more than two decades of broad experience in the airline industry — as a corporate officer, senior manager, supervisor, and line agent — in good times and in challenges ones. A veteran of TWA, she has most recently been the managing director of American Airlines’ operation in St. Louis — and an involved participant in a range of civic enterprises.

What I wanted to mention before you meet her is how extraordinary the process of selecting Rhonda was. When her name emerged, I asked County Executive Charlie Dooley and his staff; Civic Progress; the Regional Business Council; retiring airport director Dick Hrabko; and the leadership of organized labor here to conduct “vigorous” interviews with Rhonda. I wanted to ensure that Lambert, its new director, its biggest customers, its landlord, and its workforce were all on the same page on the first day she came to work.

They are.