Keith Wilschetz was appointed Deputy Executive Director of Operations and Emergency Management for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) in December 2016, effective in January 2017. He is responsible for planning, directing, and coordinating activities related to all landside, terminal, and airside operations, as well as emergency management at Los Angeles International (LAX) and Van Nuys general aviation (VNY) airports.
Wilschetz brings 30 years’ experience in airport planning, operations and leadership to LAWA. He previously served as Director for Airport Planning & Noise Mitigation for the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, where he directed all airport planning and noise management activities. He also led land-use planning for the authority’s 16 airports throughout San Diego County, which included four military bases. He also served as Vice President of Planning at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, where he directed strategic, technical, and administrative planning.
Wilschetz also served as a director with Landrum & Brown, Inc., where he worked as Technical Co-Manager on the LAX Master Plan and its related environmental impact studies and coordinated with regional stakeholders, including the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration. As part of the firm’s Transportation Engineering Consulting Group, he managed strategic planning studies for many airports, including Chicago O’Hare, Ontario International, (California), Anchorage International, Beijing Capital International, and Puebla (Mexico).
Wilschetz earned a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Missouri in Rolla. He also is a licensed pilot.