Des Moines International Airport’s authority board has selected Kevin Foley as the airport’s executive director after a unanimous vote this morning. Foley takes over for Don Smithey, who announced his retirement last month. Foley has been with the airport for about five-and-a-half years, and most recently has worked as the airport’s assistant executive director and general manager. Ed Hansell, chair of the Des Moines Airport Authority Board, said that Foley’s work with the airport in recent years impressed the board, and his appointment came at Smithey’s recommendation. Smithey’s last day at the airport is scheduled to be Friday, at which point Foley will take over.