updated 10/19/2010 5:45:30 AM ET 2010-10-19T09:45:30

HOUSTON, Oct. 18, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Houston Airport System Director of Aviation Mario C. Diaz named 28-year aviation veteran Mary Case, A.A.E. as the new General Manager for George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH).

"The executive team for the Houston Airport System was highly impressed with the commitment to excellence that Mary Case has demonstrated over the past two decades," said Director of Aviation Mario C. Diaz. "Her leadership at Hobby Airport has resulted in great customer service rankings. Mary was one of the first City of Houston employees that I met before I moved to Houston and I am every bit as impressed with her today as I was when we first said hello to each other."

Case served as General Manager of Houston's William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) since July 2005. She also held the top post for seven years at Houston's oldest airfield, Ellington Airport (EFD). The appointment of Case is historic for Houston since she is the first person to be head of all three airports that are owned and operated by the City of Houston.

"I am honored to lead the eighth busiest airport in the United States," says Case. "I began my interest in aviation as a teenager in West Virginia and I watched planes glide across the sky over the mountains. I was inspired to learn how to fly and being at an airport is now in my blood."

Case joined the Houston Airport System in January of 1987. Earlier in her career, she was an airport security coordinator, an assistant superintendent of airfield and grounds and an operations specialist for George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1982. She is an accredited executive member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE). Case is a licensed private pilot and a native of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

About George Bush Intercontinental Airport

George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is the largest hub for the largest airline in the world and the eighth busiest airport in the United States serving 40 million passengers www.Twitter.com/IAH

For more information about the Houston Airport System, go to www.fly2houston.com

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