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Lansing Airport Begins Search For New CEO

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John Shaski chairs the Capital Region Airport Authority board.

Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport will soon begin looking for a new president and CEO following the resignation of Wayne Sieloff.

CORRECTION: Robert Benstein is Quality and Compliance Director at Capital Region International Airport. An earlier version had described his position as Director of Operations.

After three years at the helm, Wayne Sieloff resigned at an airport authority board meeting a few weeks ago. The meeting was closed at Sieloff’s request.

Board chairman John Shaski declined to say more about that meeting or Sieloff’s departure. Quality and Compliance Director Robert Benstein will be appointed on an interim basis at their next meeting in December. But, Shaski says a special meeting to choose a successor may be scheduled sooner.

Shaski says there’s a lot of talent on the airport’s current staff. "We’ll certainly be weighing the talent that is already there," he explains, "and then identifying any holes or gaps that may exist, and seeking new talent to fill those.”

Shaski says a search firm specializing in aviation and aeronatics will be hired to help find a new CEO.

Michigan Department of Transportation statistics show 129,000 passengers have used Lansing’s airport through September of this year. The airport served 177,000 passengers last year.

United, Delta and American airlines provide daily service from Lansing to Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington D.C.

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