Published: Sep 30, 2010 2:53 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 11:53 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - A top executive at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will become the new director at Tampa International Airport.

Airport officials announced Wednesday that 55-year-old Joseph W. Lopano, the executive vice president for marketing and terminal operations at the Texas airport and a former official with four commercial airlines, will succeed Louis Miller.

Miller was director for 14 years.

Lopano's background in marketing and experience as an insider who has worked for Lufthansa, British West Indies, Pan American and Continental Airlines is seen as a plus for an airport facing changing competitive and financial dynamics.