Executive Leadership Team

Below, meet the executive leadership team for the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

Michael Landguth, A.A.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Landguth is RDU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. With nearly 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Landguth is responsible for overall staffing, budgeting, strategic planning and operations at RDU.

Prior to joining RDU, he served as chief executive officer and president of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority after also holding the position of director of airport operations within the organization. Landguth holds both bachelor and master’s degrees in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

He was selected as the 2016 Airport Revenue News Medium HUB Airport Director of the Year, and serves on the board of directors for the Airports Council International – North America. He is also a board member for both the Raleigh and Durham Chambers of Commerce. In 2017, Landguth was named CEO of the Year by the Triangle Business Journal and is a North Carolina Airports Association President’s Award recipient.

David Freedman

David Freedman, C.M.

Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer

David Freedman is the Senior Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer. He is responsible for growing both aeronautical and non-aeronautical revenue while overseeing air service and all aspects of revenue generation including the airport’s business development, ground transportation, parking and properties departments.

He brings private sector and financial expertise and experience to the Airport Authority. Most recently David served as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development at the Hollywood Burbank Airport.

Freedman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy and a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University.

Chuck McFall, A.A.E.

Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Strategy Officer

Chuck McFall is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information and Strategy Officer. Chuck oversees all information technology services activities including planning, delivery, and operations of the airport’s information technology infrastructure and business systems. He also provides leadership and visioning for all strategic and business planning initiatives.

Chuck brings over 25 years of senior leadership and information technology experience; he previously served the Tennessee Valley Authority in multiple senior leadership positions.

McFall has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a M.A. in Applied Organizational Behavior from Tusculum College and an Executive Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

William “Bill” Sandifer, A.A.E.

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bill Sandifer is the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He oversees all aspects of facility planning, maintenance and design as well as the airport’s operations, police, fire-rescue and ground transportation departments.

He brings 27 years of comprehensive airport management and consulting experience to the Airport Authority. Most recently, he was the senior vice president and national aviation director at Reynolds, Smith and Hills.

Sandifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Eastern Michigan University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University.

Donna Sylver, MBA, CPA, CGMA

Senior Vice President and Chief Finance Officer

Donna Sylver is RDU’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She is responsible for planning, organizing, implementing, and directing the fiscal control, business development, business management and administrative activities of the Airport Authority.

Donna brings more than 20 years of diverse financial services experience and is a Certified Public Accountant, as well as a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, a B.S. in Accounting from North Carolina Wesleyan College and a Project Management certification from American Management Association. She is a member of Financial Executives International, American Woman’s Society of CPAs, Financial Women International, the National Association of Female Executives, the American Institute of CPAs and the North Carolina Association of CPAs.

Crystal Feldman

Vice President of Communications, Government and Community Affairs

Crystal Feldman is RDU’s Vice President of Communications, Government and Community Affairs. She is responsible for leading airport communications, media relations, government affairs and community engagement. Feldman previously served as director of strategic communications and government relations at a Raleigh law firm where she advised corporate and nonprofit clients in transportation, travel and tourism and other industries on issues management, public policy and crisis response. She also held senior communications positions within the State of North Carolina – including deputy secretary for communications at the N.C. Dept. of Transportation, press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, various communications roles on political campaigns and committees, and as an associate at public affairs and law firms. Feldman was raised in Durham, N.C. and earned her Bachelor of Arts in government from Georgetown University.

Cleon Umphrey

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Cleon Umphrey is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer and is responsible for the Airport Authority’s human resources functions including recruitment, compliance, payroll, benefits, wellness program, and talent management, and project management. He holds a B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology from East Carolina University. He holds certifications as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Certification Institute.

Erin Locklear

General Counsel

Erin Locklear is the General Counsel, providing legal oversight and coordination for a wide range of issues that affect the Airport Authority. She also oversees the Small Business Office.

Locklear earned an A.B. in Sociology from Princeton University. She also received a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.