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Board and Leadership

Kelly Johnson, Chief Operating Officer

Kelly Johnson Kelly Johnson Chief Operating Officer

About Kelly Johnson

Ms. Johnson joined the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport Authority as Airport Director 1996, the airport’s first employee, two years before the airport opened. She was promoted to the position of COO in 2018. Prior to joining XNA, Kelly worked in various capacities for the City of Fayetteville for over 19 years. Ms. Johnson received her Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) status from the American Association of Airport Executives in 1991, and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Association including a term as Chair of AAAE. She is the past President of the Southeast Chapter of American Association of Airport Executives, is a past Chairperson of the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, is the past President of the Arkansas Airport Operators Association and served as Vice Chair of the Oversight Committee for the Airport Cooperative Research Program for the National Academy of Science.

Kelly currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Airport Executives and serves on the Policy Review Committee for the American Association of Airport Executives. Kelly is a private pilot.

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