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Fourth Bahamian Named to Nassau Airport Development Executive Team

Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD) announced on Wednesday the appointment of Deborah Coleby to the position of vice president of operations, effective April 1, 2015.

She is the fourth Bahamian named to an executive management position.

Coleby joined the company from its inception in April 2007 as manager of operations. In her most recent position of director of terminal operations and passenger facilitation, where she held responsibility for the Operations Centre, customer experience, cleaning, landscaping and signage at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA).

President and CEO, Vernice Walkine said the latest appointment shows NAD’s and Vantage Airport Group’s commitment to developing Bahamian talent.

NAD executives are employed by Vantage under a 10-year agreement. The company provides management services to LPIA along with eight other airports around the globe.

“I am extremely pleased to announce Debbie’s promotion to the position of vice president of operations. She is the fourth Bahamian appointed to our five-member executive management team. Our existing agreement with Vantage ensured that a minimum of three Bahamians are a part of the leadership team,” Walkine said.

“Debbie has been with NAD since day one and truly understands our vision of operating a world-class airport. Her talent and focused leadership resulted in her being able to step into this new role.”
Coleby will report directly to Walkine. She joins the executive management team as the company implements its new five-year Strategic Development Plan for staff and LPIA stakeholders.

Walkine continued, “Debbie will play a critical role in directing LPIA’s strategic plan over the next five years. She has an excellent working relationship with all of our airport stakeholders and knows what it takes to motivate staff and her management team for optimal customer experience results.”

Commenting on her appointment, Deborah Coleby said, “Being vice president of operations for NAD is a great privilege and responsibility. I am truly humbled and I look forward to working in my new role and building on NAD’s mission of operating LPIA at world-class standards. I would like to thank the executive team here in Nassau and Vancouver and our board of directors for the vote of confidence. ”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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