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MEM CEO will depart sooner than expected

(WMC-TV) - The top man at Memphis International Airport has an official departure date, and it is seven months sooner than previously announced.

Larry Cox has seen the airport through 40 years of ups and downs, but he will soon be leaving in a time of turbulence.

Eastern, Southern, Republic, Northwest. Memphis International Airport President and CEO Larry Cox dealt with airlines that no longer even exist.

"Back when I started here there was no Federal Express, there were no hubs here," he said.

Cox, who will leave on his 41st anniversary in January, guided it through the recent de-hubbing of Delta Air Lines, as well as the removal of Memphis' only international passenger flight to Amsterdam.

"The business has changed," said Cox, who added that now the airport has an opportunity to concentrate on lower cost carriers and less on layovers.

"Which will put more emphasis on our local passengers rather than the 70% percent of passengers we had just getting off an airplane walking down the concourse to get on another airplane," he said.

Cox feels things will take off again for Memphis International Airport.

"I'm sure that even when I'm gone we're going to see great things at this airport," he said.

Current COO Scott Brockman will take over for Cox, who will receive a healthy pension for his decades of service.

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