For Immediate Release

December 13, 2002
Contact: Allen Kenitzer
Phone: (425) 227-2004

RENTON, WA — FAA Regional Administrator for the Northwest Mountain Region, Larry Andriesen, will retire as of Jan. 3, 2003, according to FAA Assistant Administrator for Regions and Center Operations, Ruth Leverenz.

Andriesen became Regional Administrator in October 1996. Before assuming his present position, he was the Deputy Regional Administrator of the Northwest Mountain Region in Seattle for seven years. From 1977 to 1989, he was located in FAA's Southwest Region in Fort Worth, TX, where he was the manager and assistant manager of the Aircraft Certification Division (Rotorcraft Directorate), and the assistant manager and a flight test engineer in the Engineering and Manufacturing Branch of the Flight Standards Division. He served from 1974 to 1976 as a transport airplane specialist at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Earlier he was a flight test engineer at the U.S. Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards AFB, CA, and with the Boeing Company in Seattle.

Andriesen will retire with 35 years of civilian federal service – 29 years with the FAA. He is a career member of the Federal Senior Executive Service, a 1986 graduate of the Department of Transportation Executive Development Program and a 1987 graduate of the FAA Executive School.

He is a native of Kirkland, WA, and holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University.

The Regional Administrator is the senior agency leader in the region and is responsible for providing cross-functional oversight and appraising overall mission accomplishment for the FAA Administrator and Management Board. He provides leadership in such cross-regional matters, as environmental issues, airport development, and multi-program projects, interfacing with industry, the public, and various governmental organizations. The Regional Administrator also acts as the regional incident commander during crisis or emergency situations.

A replacement has not yet been named. If the vacancy has not been filled by January 3, FAA Regional Executive Manager Thomas Busker will be acting in the position.