MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The commission that operates Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has approved a new executive director and CEO.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission approved Lakeville native Brian Ryks' appointment Monday following a nationwide search. He will take over for current executive director and CEO Jeff Hamiel, who is retiring in May.

Ryks is executive director of Gerald R. Ford International Airport in western Michigan. He's a graduate of St. Cloud State University, and he began his career in 1986 as a noise and operations technician at the Metropolitan Airports Commission.

Ryks was previously airport manager at St. Cloud Regional Airport and executive director of the Duluth Airport Authority.