Miami-Dade Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava, announced the appointment of Rafael Cutié as airport director and CEO
Rafael (Ralph) Cutié, who had been serving in the role as interim director for Miami International Airport, has been named as the new airport director and CEO.
Being a 30-year county veteran, Ralph has vast professional experience in the planning, organising, directing, management and maintenance of large-scale facility along with capital improvement engineering and construction projects.
His previous roles within county government spans Miami-Dade Transit, the Office of Capital Improvements, and the Internal Services Department.
Ralph Cutié, Miami International Airport Director & CEO said: “I’ve been so proud to lead the men and women of the aviation department as interim director and look forward to building on my career driving forward major capital projects and managing teams to take the airport to new heights under the mayor’s leadership.”
Ralph acted as the interim director of the aviation department since June; prior to that role, he served as assistant director for facilities management and engineering. This meant he oversaw the largest and most diverse division within the aviation department, comprising more than 440 employees, an annual operating budget of nearly $123m and a reserve maintenance budget of $30m.
This division provides maintenance services as well as utilities, public works, and cargo area support to MIA and the county’s four general aviation airports. It also responds to emergencies and critical issues that require engineering expertise.
Miami-Dade County Mayor, Daniella Levine Cava said: “Ralph has the confidence and support of key stakeholders. I look forward to continuing to work closely alongside him to provide a safe, healthy, positive workplace for thousands of employees and contractors, and leveraging contracting opportunities to expand equitable economic development for more small and local businesses, as we expand tourism and trade at one of the nation’s busiest international airports.”
MIA and its four general aviation airports generate approximately $32 billion in revenue and support more than 275,000 direct and indirect jobs.