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Nashville Airport Authority CEO fired for culture of "secrecy and concealment"

Former Nashville Airport CEO Rob Wigington-pictured center. PHOTO: BNA

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The Metro Nashville Airport Authority has fired CEO Rob Wigington after multiple failures and leading a culture of "secrecy and concealment."

Following a meeting on Wednesday, the Management Committee released a list of reported behaviors which led to Wigington's release.

Among them, the report states Wigington failed to disclose incentives provided to British Airways to the tune of $2.6 million over two years without getting approval from the Board of Commissioners.

Wigington also terminated the Airport Authority's CPO, CFO, and CLO, offering "excessive severance packages" and having no plans for replacement.

Aside from management issues, the report lists two instances of fraud totaling over $1.3 million dating back to 2014. The report states Wigington failed to brief commissioners on the theft of $135,000 worth of cell phones and briefed commissioners on a $1.22 million embezzlement only months after federal prosecutors became involved in the investigation.

Wigington was hired as CEO in 2012 and will immediately vacate the role.

Board of Commissioners Chair Bobby Joslin provided the following statement on today’s board actions:

“The Board of Commissioners has a fiduciary duty to do what is best for the organization and the city we serve. In this case, by unanimous agreement, the board acted to make a needed change in the top management of the Airport Authority. This is a critical time for Nashville International Airport as we confront rapid growth and the launch of a major expansion program, and it is critically important we have the right leadership in place as we go forward. I commend my fellow board members for acting in the best interests of the Airport Authority today.”

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