City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 061119-1
Cynthia Guidry Named Director of Long Beach Airport
Alex Basquez
Human Resources

Today, Long Beach City Manager Patrick H. West named Cynthia Guidry as the City’s Director of the Long Beach Airport (LGB). Ms. Guidry brings 26 years of local government experience in various leadership positions including 14 years in airport management.  

For the past five years, Ms. Guidry has served as the Deputy Executive Director for the City of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the governing body for LAX and Van Nuys Airports. There, she oversaw more than 400 employees in the LAWA Planning and Development Group. She also has managed employees in the LAWA Planning, Environmental, Engineering and Facility Management Divisions. Previously, she held positions as Chief of Planning and Civil Engineer at LAWA and she began her engineering career in the Department of Public Works for City of Los Angeles.   

“We are excited to welcome Cynthia Guidry to Long Beach Airport,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “Ms. Guidry has a wealth of expertise, having served in an airport management capacity at one of the world’s largest airports. As an airport professional and a Long Beach resident, she understands our community, our customers and how unique Long Beach Airport truly is.”

Ms. Guidry has a background in civil engineering and project management. At LAWA, she led efforts developing new policy and procedures for LAWA’s Capital Improvement Program and managed multi-billion-dollar capital improvement projects. She also has been responsible for construction safety, logistics, inspections and Quality Assurance programs.

Ms. Guidry holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and an MBA from Pepperdine University, and she is a licensed Professional Engineer.

“I am thrilled to join the team and honored that the City of Long Beach selected me to steward an incredible award-winning airport,” said Ms. Guidry. “Operating for over 95 years, LGB Airport holds a special niche in the aviation community with its easy access, sustainable facilities, and welcoming feel for travelers. I look forward to working with the LGB team and our stakeholders for continual partnership and success as we deliver the next phase of airport improvements”.

Long Beach Airport (LGB) has been serving the Long Beach area since 1923 and is an important transportation and business hub for Los Angeles and Orange Counties. The Department has more than 105 full-time employees with a budget of more than $49 million. LGB is in the design phase of one of the largest projects in Airport history, phase II Terminal Area Improvement Program.

Ms. Guidry is replacing Jess Romo, who retired in February of 2019. Claudia Lewis, LGB’s Manager of Finance and Administration, and who had been Interim Director, will return to her role overseeing public affairs, government relations, finance, accounting, revenue development, audit, risk management and personnel/human resources for the Airport. 

“Claudia has done a great job as Interim Director, and we thank her for her service,” said Mr. West.

Ms. Guidry’s appointment will be effective July 29, 2019. 

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Airport

Founded in 1923 as the first municipally-owned airport in California, Long Beach Airport (LGB) completed a revitalization in 2012 to update its facilities. A new passenger concourse opened to the public and has since garnered extensive praise for its modern design and architecture, local eateries and easygoing travel experience. Recently, Sunset magazine awarded LGB with a Best of 2017 Travel Award. In addition, USA Today and recognized LGB for Best Airport Dining in their Readers Choice poll. LGB offers non-stop service to several U.S. cities while supporting a healthy general aviation community with over 260,000 annual operations. The airport is also a source of substantial economic activity and employment. Long Beach Airport and its tenants generate more than $10 billion and 45,000 jobs in total economic activity to the Long Beach region with an additional $1.1 billion in tax revenue at the federal, state, and local levels. Long Beach Airport prides itself in maintaining a safe, sustainable, and environmentally responsible operation. For more news, pictures, videos, and announcements of what's happening, "Like" us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @LBAirport and Instagram @lgbairport.