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JWA names L.A. airport executive as new director

The director of operations for Los Angeles World Airports, which runs Los Angeles International Airport, has been appointed the new director of Orange County's John Wayne Airport, officials announced Tuesday.

Barry Rondinella will develop airport policies at JWA and be responsible for business development, facilities, finance, administration, operations and public affairs. He also will oversee airport staff and prepare annual budgets, according to a county news release.

The airport serves more than 10 million passengers each year.

Rondinella, 54, replaces Alan Murphy, who retired in February. He will earn $200,000 a year, the release stated.

"Orange County is fortunate to have airport professionals who put travelers and visitors first, and we welcome Barry's expertise and leadership to the team," county Supervisor Michelle Steel said in a statement.

Before joining Los Angeles World Airports in 2010, Rondinella was deputy director for operations at Sacramento International Airport and director of Stockton Metropolitan Airport and Santa Maria Public Airport.

Rondinella has a commercial pilot's license and graduated from Cal State Los Angeles with a degree in aviation administration, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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