Team San Jose announced Wednesday that Bill Sherry, Mineta-San Jose International Airport’s aviation director, will be its new CEO.
Sherry has served as aviation director at Mineta for the past six years. He will continue in his role with the airport while also leading sales, marketing, and communications management for Team San Jose, which controls the city’s Convention Center and arts and entertainment venues.
He will receive a $6,000 raise and be paid $249,154 total for both jobs, the Mercury News reports. Team San Jose will reportedly pay $50,000 of that amount with non-city funds.
City manager Debra Figone and Mayor Chuck Reed both said the appointment was a natural pairing, as Sherry delivered the $1.4 billion renovation of Mineta airport on time and under budget. A $120 million renovation of the convention center is currently being proposed.
Sherry takes over a position that was vacated with Dan Fenton’s resignation in December. Fenton was heavily criticized for giving allowing the quasi-public entity to go $750,000 over budget.
Mineta has seen a 23 percent drop in overall traffic since the recession hit, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reports, but recent months have shown modest gains.