Ottawa International Airport president and chief executive officer Paul Benoit announced in a 15 March 2012 statement that he will retire in February 2013, some ten months away.
Benoit has served in his present position since the mid 1990s. During his incumbency he oversaw renovations to the airport, including the design and construction of the new main terminal building, as well as the tearing down of many older hangars and other structures. During his term more than $500 million has been spent on the airport's infrastructure.
In a statement Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said, "Paul has been a tremendous catalyst for change at Ottawa airport."
Benoit has indicated that he intends to first take some rest before deciding on future plans.