Candace S. McGraw was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) in July, 2011. Ms. McGraw has over 25 years of experience in aviation, legal affairs and public administration. Prior to leading the CVG staff, Ms. McGraw served in a number of positions at the Cleveland Airport System, including Deputy Director, and served as General Counsel for Cleveland City Council and Legal Counsel and Deputy Director of Charitable Gaming for the Ohio Lottery Commission.
Since joining CVG, Ms. McGraw has focused on positioning the airport for the future by completing a 2035 Master Plan Study; consolidating operations into a renovated terminal facility; diversifying revenues through targeted cargo, land and concessions improvements; finalizing a modernized Use Agreement; and introducing low cost air carriers. Ms. McGraw is proud to lead a team that has been recognized as the Best Regional Airport in North America for five consecutive years.
Ms. McGraw is active in the local community as well as the aviation industry. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati (Class 34) and serves on a number of community boards and is the Chair of Skyward, the community visioning organization for Northern Kentucky. Ms. McGraw serves on the airport industry board, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) and has earned the International Airport Professional (IAP) designation. Ms. McGraw has also been recognized as the "Best Boss in Northern Kentucky", 2013; Outstanding Woman of Northern Kentucky, 2015; YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, 2015; and Kentucky Aviation Association Manager of the Year.
Ms. McGraw received Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Political Science from Duquesne University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.