PITTSBURGH – Fraport USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, announce two appointments to its executive team. Brett Kelly, Fraport USA’s Senior Vice President of Operations, has been named interim CEO, while Rosa Beckett is joining the company in the newly created position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). These executive appointments parallel the company’s continuing expansion in the North American airport market.
Brett Kelly successfully managed Fraport USA’s award-winning retail concessions program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) for eight years. More recently, he also led Fraport USA’s transition team during the start-up phase of the new retail concessions program at Nashville International Airport. In March 2019, Kelly assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Operations. Effective today, Dec. 9, he will take over the helm of Fraport USA from departing CEO Ben Zandi. “We thank Mr. Zandi for his entrepreneurial passion and commitment in developing and accelerating the growth of Fraport USA,” said Balint Szentivanyi, Fraport USA’s Chairman of the Board.
Szentivanyi explained that Fraport USA is seeing positive momentum following the recent addition to its airport portfolio. “We are well positioned for the future in the extremely capable and experienced hands of Brett Kelly and the expanded executive team – who are primed to take Fraport USA and our airport partners to new heights,” added Szentivanyi.
Rosa Beckett brings extensive experience in airport management, strategic planning, service quality and process optimization from the financial services industries to her new position of CAO, where she will oversee the administration of Fraport USA’s growing operations in some of the nation’s top airports.
“We are pleased to welcome Rosa Beckett to the Fraport USA team,” said Szentivanyi. “Beckett is a highly accomplished professional who has made her mark in the aviation and financial services industries. Her depth of experience, financial services background and vision in airport processes optimization will add tremendous value to our partners, stakeholders, and customers,” stressed Szentivanyi, “particularly as we continue growing our organization and expanding Fraport USA’s footprint across North America.”
As incoming CAO, Rosa Beckett joins Fraport USA following a successful 18-year career with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) in Florida. Rising to the rank of CAO, Beckett’s achievements included implementing JAA’s first information technology strategic plan and $29 million of investment in technology and communications projects. During her tenure, JAA received the Diversity & Inclusion Award as well as the Marketing and Communications Award from the Airports Council International-North America. Prior to JAA, Beckett gained 11 years of experience at the global financial services firm Merrill Lynch.
To support its expansion initiatives, Fraport USA has further strengthened its executive roster by appointing a new vice president of business development. Underscoring the company’s intensified focus on the customer, a new senior management function for customer experience and corporate marketing has also been created.
In the United States, Fraport USA develops and manages award-winning retail concessions programs at major airports, including Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, New York-JFK Terminal 5, Pittsburgh, and Nashville. Fraport USA is a unit of the global airport management company, Fraport AG, which serves more than 300 million travelers at some 30 airports on four continents worldwide.