The Cabinet of Dominica has approved Samuel Johnson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Airport Development Company(IADC) for the construction of the proposed international airport in the Commonwealth of Dominica.
According to a Cabinet Press Release, one of the most important goals of this Government is to significantly improve access to Dominica as a means of making a step-change in our efforts of developing a resilient nation.
“Many studies have been done on the importance of an international airport to Dominica and the feasibility of it. The timely and successful construction of the airport is also instrumental to us achieving our long-term goals. As we now move deeper into the construction phase, it is important that we attract the best talent and assemble a high-performing organization to help lead this initiative. With this in mind, Cabinet at a meeting on February 23, 2021, reviewed and approved the engagement of Samuel Johnson as the CEO of the newly formed International Airport Development Company. ”
The release goes on to state that Johnson is no stranger to Dominica or to leading large, complex projects like this within tight timelines being an award-winning executive with over 25 years’ senior management experience.
The release states that, throughout his career, he has successfully held leadership roles here in Dominica and then in several fortunes 500 companies globally and earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Engineering from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and an MBA from Michigan State University with a dual focus on supply chain management and marketing.
He is expected to commence his duties as CEO from March 1, 2021.
According to the release, in this new and strategic role, he will work collaboratively with the Board of the IADC and the senior management team and will focus on developing policies and strategies, and implementation of the same, in order to achieve the desired goals and objectives of the Company.
“The Company will be critical in ensuring that all aspects of the project are carefully managed to ensure timely completion, within stipulated quality. It will also serve as a critical link between all stakeholders related to the project.” the release stated.