Ronald F. Mathieu, C.M.
Ronald F. Mathieu is executive director of Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport, a position held since 2008. Mr. Mathieu is responsible for overall administration, operations, maintenance and development.
Since arriving in Little Rock, Mathieu has strengthened the airport’s financial position to project it to become debt free by 2016 while launching the organization’s largest construction program.
The first phase, a $67 million construction initiative completed in 2013, included the purchase and installation of a new in-line baggage handling system, security enhancements, the redevelopment of airline and administrative offices, security checkpoint and ticket lobby. The project was delivered on time and under budget with a large percentage of work completed by local contractors. In 2008, Mathieu, along with leadership of the Little Rock Municipal Airport Commission, changed the airport’s business model, which enabled construction on this multiphase redevelopment plan, and allowed the airport to make a larger economic impact on our community.
Mathieu believes the airport's most important role is to be an economic generator for the community. Most recently, he helped design an incentive package to convince French jet manufacturer Dassault Falcon to expand its Little Rock operation to generate additional, good paying jobs. Dassault Falcon, which is located at Clinton National, has an annual payroll impact of $101 million.
Prior to moving to Little Rock in 2006 to serve as Deputy Executive Director, Mathieu held leadership positions at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida and Newark International, LaGuardia and JFK International Airports - operated by the New York Port Authority.
Mathieu holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has been recently elected to the board of directors of the International Association of Airport Executives (IAAE). Mathieu is a certified member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), where he serves on the organization’s policy review board and past chair of its national diversity committee. Mr. Mathieu is also a private pilot.
He and his wife, Yasmine, have two children.