The City of Phoenix Appoints Chief Development Officer and Chief Revenue Officer

Aug. 26, 2022
The City of Phoenix Aviation Department has named Jay DeWitt as assistant aviation director – chief development officer and Roxann Favors as assistant aviation director – chief revenue officer.

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department has named Jay DeWitt as Assistant Aviation Director – Chief Development Officer.

The Aviation Department owns and operates Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Phoenix Deer Valley Airport and Phoenix Goodyear Airport. In this position, Mr. DeWitt will oversee the Planning and Environmental, Design and Construction Services, and Financial Management divisions. His promotion is effective immediately, although his organizational responsibilities will not be effective until September 5.

“Jay has led some of the highest profile construction projects in the city of Phoenix and most recently, was essential in helping to lead Sky Harbor through the COVID-19 pandemic, the most difficult financial period in the history of aviation,” said Director of Aviation Services, Chad Makovsky. “After a national search, I am confident that he is the Chief Development Officer we need for the continued growth and success of the Phoenix Airport System.”

Mr. DeWitt is a Phoenix native, whose career has spanned Municipal Court, Fire, Development Services, Community and Economic Development and for the past 15 years, the Aviation Department. He has extensive experience in the areas of accounting, infrastructure finance, project management, and Airport finance. Mr. DeWitt led the programming, financing, as well as the design and construction of the 1,000- room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, and the development of the $1.6 Billion PHX Sky Train project. He has held senior positions at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Planning, Design and Construction, Business and Properties, and since August 2021 has been the Acting Assistant Aviation Director. DeWitt has Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from Arizona State University and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives (C.M.)

Mr. DeWitt earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from Arizona State University.    

The City of Phoenix Aviation Department has named Roxann Favors as Assistant Aviation Director – Chief Revenue Officer.

In this position, Ms. Favors will oversee Business and Properties, Contracts and Services, Technology, and Air Service Development. She will begin her new position on September 5, 2022.

“We are fortunate to have Roxann returning to join the Executive Team at the Aviation Department,” said Chad Makovsky, Director of Aviation Services. “After a national search, it was clear that with Roxann’s knowledge and skills, she is the Chief Revenue Officer we need as we continue to grow our operations and enhance the customer experience.”

Ms. Favors began her career with the City of Phoenix in 2003, in the City’s Management Internship Program. She was then promoted to the Aviation Department’s Business and Properties Division where she held management positions for the next 11 years, including five years as Deputy Aviation Director. In 2015, Favors was selected as the City of Phoenix Major Events Administrator. She has been instrumental in some of the highest-profile events the city of Phoenix has hosted, including the 2017 NCAA Men’s Final Four, 2017 Lost Lake Music and Arts Festival, and the annual M3F Music Festival. And with her leadership, Phoenix successfully bid for and won the opportunity to host Super Bowl LVII and will have the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four and NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four coming to town in the next several years.

Ms. Favors earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh and went on to receive her master’s in Public & International Affairs. She is also a Certified Member (C.M.) of the American Association of Airport Executives.