US. Airport retail and food & beverage specialist Fraport USA has appointed Ellery Plowman as Vice President of Business Development.

Plowman joins Fraport USA’s executive team and brings more than 30 years of experience, primarily in the airport sector. Her skills cover retail management, operations, purchasing, commercial real estate leasing and business development.

Ellery Plowman is an active member of retail trade associations and a regular guest speaker and panelist at industry conferences

Her previous experience included a spell with Westfield’s airport concessions division, where she was VP Business Development and Leasing Management. At Westfield she worked on developing the company’s business at Chicago O’Hare International Airport Terminal 5 and six terminals at Los Angeles International Airport.

Earlier in her career, Plowman contributed to the expansion of Rosetta Stone in airport retail.

Fraport USA President and CEO Ben Zandi said: “Ellery Plowman’s depth of expertise and accomplishments in the airport concessions industry speaks volumes. Her extensive experience covers airport retail operations, leasing and management.

“Plowman combines her expertise with a unique perspective on all aspects of the airport retail business – ranging from her roles in management to overseeing ACDBE (Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise) programmes.

“Her entrepreneurial drive will help fuel our vision of the future for airports. We are pleased to gain a creative professional of high calibre.”

Fraport USA has retail and food & beverage interests at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall, Cleveland Hopkins International, Pittsburgh International, New York John F. Kennedy International and Nashville International airports.