Brian Leuck was named interim vice president and airport manager for Dulles Airport on Tuesday, succeeding Chris Browne, who is retiring to take on new responsibilities as deputy director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
Browne’s retirement becomes effective Feb. 3, and a nationwide search for his permanent successor is underway. Browne joined MWAA in 1988 and took over as Dulles’ manager in 1998.
Leuck most recently managed the Dulles Engineering and Maintenance section, responsible for maintaining all infrastructure and overseeing construction on the airport’s 12,000 acres. Since 1988, Leuck has served in roles of increasing responsibility at Dulles including in Airport Operations and as airport security coordinator.
“Brian Leuck brings a wealth of experience over many years across several disciplines at Dulles International to the Airport Manager’s office,” said Margaret McKeough, MWAA’s executive vice president and CEO. “I am confident in his ability to manage the large, highly talented team at Dulles and to keep the airport, the Dulles Access Highway and the Dulles Toll Road operating smoothly for the benefit of our passengers while the search process is completed.”
Dulles Airport serves more than 22 million passengers per year and is forecast to have a second straight year of domestic growth and a 13th straight year of international growth when 2016 passenger statistics are tabulated.