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.

Roosevelt Council, Jr.

Airport General Manager

As the leader of the world’s busiest airport, Roosevelt Council, Jr. oversees Airport operations as well as a multibillion-dollar capital improvement program that will pave the way for growth over the next 20 years.

Mr. Council was named Airport General Manager at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in January 2017. Previously, he was the Airport deputy general manager and chief financial officer. In that role, he directed all accounting, budgeting, financial analysis and forecasting, procurement and treasury operations at the Airport.

He has more than 25 years of experience as a financial professional in public accounting, communications, transportation logistics and the public sector. He joined the City of Atlanta in 2009 as budget and fiscal policy chief and later served as deputy chief financial officer.

Prior to joining the Airport team, he served as interim CFO for the City of Atlanta under the leadership of then-Mayor Kasim Reed. Before his employment with the City of Atlanta, Council was CFO of the Georgia Technology Authority, where he was responsible for general accounting, budget, cost accounting, financial reporting, payroll and strategic planning.

Mr. Council serves on the Board of Advisers for the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the board of directors for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau and Atlanta Technical College. He also is a member of 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.

He is a graduate of Memphis State University, the Harvard University Executive Leadership Program and the Georgia Leadership Council. He also achieved International Airport Professional status, the highest designation bestowed upon an airport executive after completion of a rigorous program developed by Airports Council International and the International Civil Aviation Organization.