MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The commission that operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has approved a new executive director and CEO.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved Lakeville native Brian Ryks’ appointment Monday following a nationwide search. He will take over for current executive director and CEO Jeff Hamiel, who is retiring in May.

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Ryks is executive director of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan. He’s a graduate of St. Cloud State University, and he began his career in 1986 as a noise and operations technician at the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

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Ryks was previously airport manager at St. Cloud Regional Airport and executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority.

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