USA. Fraport USA has announced an executive appointment and two promotions at Baltimore/Washington and Pittsburgh airports as well as its US office.

The Fraport subsidiary company has named Gary H. Gilliard as Vice President of Operations for Fraport Maryland. He will oversee the development, leasing, construction, marketing and management of the concessions programme at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

BWI International is the primary airport serving the Baltimore area. Gary H. Gilliard will now oversee the concessions programme there (Source: Shutterstock)

Gilliard has more than a decade of experience in the airport concessions industry, including roles in both concessions management and as a retail operator. At Denver International Airport, he launched a retail merchandise unit programme and became its lead manager. He also led a local business and minority participation programme at the airport.

Amy Miktus has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at Pittsburgh International Airport. She will oversee the leasing, construction, marketing, and management of 80,000sq ft of concessions space. She has more than 20 years of experience in speciality retail with global brands such as Bath & Body Works and Sketchers.

Miktus joined Fraport Maryland in 2012. She was appointed to the position of Director of Operations for the concessions programme at Baltimore/Washington in 2017. She also served on the transition team for launching Fraport USA’s project at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

New role: Cathy Simoni

Cathy Simoni has taken up a new role as Fraport USA’s Director of Corporate Marketing & Customer Experience after serving 27 years with Fraport Pittsburgh’s team. There, she directed and managed the airport’s retail operations, leasing and marketing. She also oversaw a US$10 million redevelopment of the retail area at Pittsburgh International.

“We are thrilled to grow our management team with seasoned professionals who represent Fraport’s culture of excellence,” said Fraport USA President and CEO Ben Zandi.

“They each bring unique skills and qualifications that will advance our future vision of airports – benefiting our airport partners and travellers.”