CONTACT: Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, Mayor’s Office
CONTACT: DIA Press Office
Turner West Named Manager of Aviation & Manager of Revenue Moves, Joins DIA Management Team(DENVER)
Mayor John Hickenlooper announced Monday that current Co-Manager of Aviation Turner West
will be named Manager of Aviation at Denver International Airport, following Co-Manager Vicki Braunagel’s retirement at the end of March. Manager of Revenue Cheryl Cohen-Vader
has accepted a mayoral appointment as Chief Deputy Director of Denver International Airport, beginning April 1, 2006.
“Vicki Braunagel’s vision, expertise and leadership has contributed to DIA’s tremendous success and will have a lasting impact on the Denver metro area for years to come,” Hickenlooper said. “She is leaving the airport in fabulous shape – and fabulous hands. Between Turner West’s proven experience, dedicated airport employees, and the addition of Cheryl Cohen-Vader, we continue to have the high-caliber team that the country’s top airport deserves.”
West has spent 21 years of his 39-year aviation career working for the Denver airport system. He served as DIA’s Deputy Manager of Aviation for maintenance and engineering before Mayor Hickenlooper appointed him and Braunagel as Co-Managers of Aviation in 2003. Under their joint leadership, DIA negotiated new agreements with Frontier and United enabling both airlines to continue growing in Denver, dedicated the longest commercial runway in North America, welcomed Southwest Airlines back to Colorado, received a #1 customer service rating from J.D. Powers and Associates, and was rated the #1 airport in America by Business Traveler magazine. Before joining the City of Denver in 1985, West spent 18 years working for Frontier, Texas International and Braniff International airlines in various maintenance and engineering management capacities. He also worked in sales for Otis Engineering. West received a bachelors of science degree from the University of North Texas.
Cohen-Vader has 27 years of broad public- and private-sector experience in financial management, investment/commercial banking, and real estate finance. She was appointed as Manager of Revenue in 1996 by former Mayor Wellington Webb and reappointed in 2003 by Mayor Hickenlooper, for whom she also served as the 2003-04 Deputy Mayor. As Manager of Revenue, she has managed a $35.8 million budget, a $1.8 billion investment portfolio, a $5 billion debt portfolio, and all banking relationships for the City. Before joining the City, Cohen-Vader was the Assistant Vice President for Kirkpatrick Pettis, a regional investment brokerage company; and served in the position of Vice President at Lewis Sims & Letterman, a start-up investment banking firm specializing in municipal finance; Weldon Sullivan Carmichael & Company, and Citicorp Securities Markets. She received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and her MBA from Columbia University.
City Treasurer David Hart will serve as Interim Manager of Revenue while an external task force evaluates opportunities for structural improvements within the Revenue Department and City as a whole. More details on the goals and composition of this task force will be provided in a separate press release, also available at www.denvergov.org/mayor.
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