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SFO’s Satero To Retire At Year End

San Francisco International Airport Director Ivar C. Satero last week announced his plans to retire at the end of 2024. Satero has served as airport director since 2016.

“It has been my honor to lead such an amazing SFO team for the past eight years,” said Satero. “I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished together in our mission to deliver an airport where our passengers, our people and our planet come first. The SFO team has inspired me throughout my career, as we’ve challenged ourselves and our industry to serve our passengers in an extraordinary way, to be bold and innovative in our environmental accountability, and to care for and support our people, recognizing that the key to SFO’s success will always be its dedicated employees. 

A search for the next SFO airport director will be conducted in the coming months, during which time Satero will remain in his position and oversee the transition to new leadership.

During his tenure as airport director, SFO added 26 new international airlines and 25 new international destinations. SFO also delivered new or renovated facilities including the Grand Hyatt at SFO and Harvey Milk Terminal 1. Satero also helped continue SFO’s environmental leadership and under his direction, SFO launched a food donation program, achieved the first airport-wide LEED Platinum certification and invested in ground-based augmentation system technology to enable the future development of new approaches into SFO, among other accomplishments.