The Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority has named Nate Hahn the airport's next executive director. Hahn, who currently serves as director of operations and maintenance at Evansville Regional Airport, will succeed the retiring Doug Joest at the end of the year.

Joest has led the airport for eight years and recently announced plans to retire at the end of the year. Under his leadership, the airport says it went from two airlines to four, increased passenger traffic by more than 34 percent in four years and added five jet bridges. Joest also played a key role in securing Regional Cities Initiative funding to support the airport's ongoing $20 million terminal renovation project. He began his career at EVV in 2007 as finance manager before being named executive director in 2010.

As EVV's director of operations and maintenance, Hahn has helped oversee the airport's completed runway relocation project and current terminal renovation project. The Purdue graduate serves on the Growth Alliance For Greater Evansville board and is Indiana's representative in the American Association of Airport Executives.

The board says it is working with Joest and Hahn ahead of Joest's retirement.