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Akron-Canton Airport’s new CEO is Cleveland Hopkins executive

August 7, 2018

Akron-Canton Airport’s new CEO is Cleveland Hopkins executive

GREEN, Ohio – The Akron-Canton Airport’s new president and CEO knows the Northeast Ohio air travel market well – he’s worked for the past 11 years at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.

CAK’s board of trustees announced this morning the hiring of new CEO Renato “Ren” Camacho, currently the chief of planning and engineering for Cleveland Hopkins.

He starts his new job Oct. 1, replacing longtime CEO Rick McQueen, who is retiring at the end of this year.

Camacho, 48, comes to Akron-Canton during a tough period for the airport, which has steadily lost air service in recent years. Most notably, Southwest Airlines, once the largest carrier at CAK, pulled out of the airport in June 2017. Air traffic was down 9.3 percent between 2016 to 2017.

Despite the downturn, the airport is in the final stages of a major capital improvement plan, dubbed CAK 2018, which included a runway extension, more parking and terminal improvements. Work is slated to start this month on the final piece of the plan: a $30-million gate-replacement project.

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In a statement, Christopher J. Holding, chair of CAK’s board of trustees, said of Camacho: “He has a track record of strong leadership, capital improvement execution, and is well respected among his peers in the aviation industry. Mr. Camacho will continue to take our airport to the next level as we invest in customer experience, air service and economic development.”

Said Camacho: “I am excited to take on this role with the Akron-Canton Airport to build on the promise of a better way to go. I look forward to working with the local community to ensure the airport grows as an economic engine that will bring both increased economic activity and pride to the Akron-Canton region.”

Prior to coming to Cleveland in 2007, Camacho worked for 14 years in the engineering department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He has degrees from NYU Polytechnic University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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