Leadership for the Future

The ambitious projects of ATLNext require tremendous commitment and investment from a wide array of stakeholders, and it is incumbent on our visionary leadership team to guide these efforts.

John Selden

Airport General Manager


John Selden takes the reins as General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport with more than 30 years of aviation experience. A former military and commercial pilot before joining the ranks of airport management, Selden has excelled in all facets of aviation, including operations, customer service, labor relations, aircraft maintenance, and facilities management.

As leader of the world’s busiest and most efficient airport, Selden oversees Airport operations as well as a multibillion-dollar capital improvement program that will pave the way for growth over the next 20 years.   In addition to completing this expansive program, his priorities include reinforcing the Airport’s security posture and enhancing the customer experience at Hartsfield-Jackson.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval War College – recognized for cultivating great leaders – Selden’s leadership style is facilitative, allowing his managers to function independently.  He is described by his senior team as both smart and approachable, reinforced with thoughtful and thorough preparation.

Selden is a retired Navy Commander who served at the Pentagon in addition to having served in Operation Desert Storm.  He ended his tour of duty as Deputy Commander of Naval Station Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico.

After leaving active duty, Selden flew commercially for six years. He landed his first airport management role at Republic Airport in New York, the state’s third busiest airport, serving as Assistant Airport Manager.  He joined John F. Kennedy International Airport in 2008 and, moving through the ranks, began serving as Deputy General Manager in 2014, overseeing operations, customer service, rail access, security, maintenance, finance, commercial development and physical infrastructure.

Selden was one of five finalists selected by a search committee led by UPS Chief Executive Officer, David Abney and Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot Carol Tome.

His appointment by Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was effective on October 1, 2018, and he was confirmed by the Atlanta City Council on October 15, 2018.