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Joint Venture board adds SJC Director of Aviation, KQED CEO

2 headshots November 17, 2017 – The Joint Venture board of directors today elected John Aitken, Aviation Director of Mineta San José International Airport, and John Boland, President and CEO of KQED Public Media, as its newest members.

Aitken, appointed to his current post August 29, has been with the airport since 1993. As Assistant Director of Aviation for the previous two years, he managed the administrative functions of the airport director’s office as well as five divisions: operations, facilities, finance, planning and development, and business development.

Aitken played a key role on the leadership team in designing, building and operating the $1.3 billion modernization of the airport’s two terminals completed in 2010.

He is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and is certified as a commercial pilot and flight instructor in single- and multi-engine aircraft.

Aitken earned his bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Florida Institute of Technology and holds an MBA in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University based in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Boland returned to KQED in 2010 after four years as the first chief content officer of the national Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Previously, he served in several executive positions at KQED, including executive vice president and COO.

Boland began his career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and editor in his native New Jersey. He has been a newspaper publisher and owner, held senior executive roles with marketing and communications firms, and was publisher of San Francisco Focus.

He serves as a director of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the World Affairs Council of Northern California, American Documentary, Inc., California Public Television and is on the board of the Commonwealth Club of California.

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