A Black Woman CEO Ran LAX Airport For 5 Years. Now She Runs Canada's Largest Airport

From 2015 to 2020, Deborah Flint was the CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), which owns and operates LAX Airport. She was the only African American woman to ever hold the position at what is known as one of the world's largest and busiest airports with over 80 million annual passengers.

She was appointed by the Mayor of Los Angeles himself, and while there, she led LAX through a $15 billion dollar transformation project to prepare the airport to be able to serve over 100 million passengers a year and also welcome the Olympics in 2028.

In April 2020, however, Deborah left her job in Southern California to serve as President and the CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, which operates Toronto Pearson Airport - the largest and busiest airport in Canada. As of April 2022, she continues to hold that position.

A graduate of San Jose University, she has spent 24 years serving in executive roles in the aviation industry. Previously, she has served as the Aviation Director and the Interim Port Executive Director at the Port of Oakland in Northern, California. Beyond the airport industry, she has served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank and is a director of the Honeywell Corporation.