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Balram BheodariBalram BheodariGeneral manager of the airport
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Balram Bheodari leads Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as the most efficient airport in North America, thanks to his vast knowledge and astute attention to aviation efficiency, allowing the airport to thrive in the toughest markets. Bheodari combines operational expertise, integrity and selflessness to provide leadership qualities throughout Atlanta Airport. He oversees all facets of airport management, including operations and a multi-billion dollar capital improvement program, ATLNext, designed to pave the way for Atlanta’s growth over the next twenty years. During COVID-19, Bheodari developed a comprehensive return to operations playbook that served to support ATL’s recovery efforts. With guidance from the Federal Aviation Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) amid evolving health and safety guidelines, Bheodari steadfastly encouraged collaboration among stakeholders, team building among aviation employees, and adaptability in uncertain times. Throughout the pandemic, he participated in daily calls with Airports Council International and other major airports to share best practices and information from the federal offices in Washington, DC and the CDC.

He wanted to restore customer confidence and ensure the airport was a healthy facility using safe COVID-19 protocols. The airport has since been named Airport of the Year by the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC).

During the height of the pandemic, Bheodari was the most ardent supporter of our mission-critical employees. Having worked his way up through the ranks, he has great appreciation for the often thankless work these employees do to ensure that the airport continues to function safely and optimally at all times. Morale never dipped because Bheodari made these employees feel valued through hazard pay, special meals, social media posts, intranet spotlight features and other incentives.

His actions and directives all reflect his commitment to the three key focus areas of our organization’s strategic plan: people, purpose and performance.