Gary/Chicago International Airport has a new leader. Col. Duane Hayden has been named executive director. He spent the last year as the airport’s chief operating officer and interim airport manager. For more than two decades, Hayden worked in the aviation industry and built a reputation as an experienced broad-based aviation manager and safety expert. He was also deputy executive director at the airport from 1999 to 2001. In between, Hayden spent more than 15 years working in various roles for the Chicago Department of Aviation at O’Hare International Airport, including assistant commissioner for terminal operations, assistant commissioner for airside operations/vehicle services and assistant commissioner for safety. Hayden also served as general manager of Meigs Field and worked for United Airlines.