NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The Peninsula Airport Commission named a new Executive Director Friday.

Michael A. Giardino, C.M. will begin as Executive Director at the Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport November 6.

Giardino previously served as the Director of Aviation with the Monroe County Airport Authority for the Greater Rochester International Airport.

"The Airport commission is ready and excited to have Mr. Giardino lead, manage and develop our airport for future success. We are confident that new Director will assist the Commission to exceed the expectations of the State Aviation Board, and our regional communities," said George Wallace, Peninsula airport Commission Chairman.

Giardino is a 26-year aviator veteran whose last command was as the Executive Officer for Naval Air Station Key West.

"I would like to thank the Peninsula airport Commission for selecting me as their Executive Director," said Giardino. "I look forward to working with the Commission, airport staff and our partners to openly assess and aggressively address the community's air travel needs."