New chief financial officer joins Ontario International Airport Authority

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The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) has announced the appointment of Celeste Heinonen as chief financial officer for the Southern California airport.

Heinonen joins the OIAA after 17 years with the Massachusetts Port Authority, which operates Boston Logan International Airport, Worcester Regional Airport and Hanscom Field, a general aviation airport located in Bedford, Mass., as well as container and cruise terminals in Boston’s seaport complex.

In her most recent role, Heinonen oversaw Massport’s operating budget including a portfolio of up to $1 billion in operating revenues and $600 million in expenses annually.

Atif Elkadi, OIAA chief executive officer said: “Celeste is a seasoned and successful financial professional whose extensive data analysis competencies will be key to our airport’s continued growth as a passenger and cargo gateway.

“Our airport is in the midst of 38-month run of passenger increases and we expect that growth to continue in fiscally responsible ways that serve our customers, business partners and other stakeholders well, at the same time making positive impacts on the regional economy.”

In her role with the OIAA, Heinonen is responsible for overseeing financial goals and objectives, creating financial plans and devising annual operating and capital budgets.

Heinonen said: “I am committed to enhancing regional quality of life and economic vitality in expanding Ontario International’s presence in Southern California, through strategic financial leadership, innovation, and a deep sense of accountability.”

A native Bostonian, Heinonen earned a master’s degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University in Boston and bachelor’s degree in English and Human Development & Organizational Studies from Boston College.