ACAA Announces New Strategic Plan And Personnel Updates
February 05, 2013
ALLEGHENY COUNTY AIRPORT AUTHORITY ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN AND PERSONNEL UPDATES
PITTSBURGH, PA (February 5, 2013) – Allegheny County Airport Authority Board Chairman David Minnotte announced today that the Airport Authority will be making several changes to its structure as part of its newly-developed strategic plan. This will allow the Authority to better address changes occurring in the airline industry and to allow the Pittsburgh International Airport to be competitive.
“The airport industry continues to undergo significant changes through consolidations and repositioning in air service patterns,” said Chairman Minnotte. “Airport competition, ‘de-hubbing’ at major airports and a reduction in federal funds has forced many airports, including Pittsburgh International, to rethink and strategize how to remain sustainable and increase its competitive position. These strategic priorities will allow us to focus on many of those issues while also incorporating a revamped organizational structure as part of that process.”
Current CEO Brad Penrod has been named President and Chief Strategy Officer, and Jim Gill will assume the position of Executive Vice President. These changes will allow the Authority to take advantage of Brad and Jim’s substantial expertise and extensive industry involvement. The two men bring a combined 45 years of experience in senior airport operations encompassing operational, financial, managerial, technical service, advisory and other airport experience.
Additionally, the Authority will conduct a national search for a new CEO and has also created a new position for the Director of Corporate and Community Relations. The new CEO will have a primary focus on the development of additional air service and new destinations. The new Director position will focus on work with the corporate community to coordinate their air travel needs. The goal of both positions will be to support Pittsburgh International Airport and to encourage carriers to provide crucial air service needed by the business community, as well as leisure travelers.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald applauded the Authority on its efforts: “Air service development and providing additional airlines, flights and destinations to the customers of the Pittsburgh International Airport is an absolute priority. I’m thrilled to see the Authority take such a proactive approach to the challenges facing the aviation industry, and pleased that the airport will be supported while we work toward increasing its competitive position too.”
The current airline use and lease agreement ends in 2018, significantly retiring the majority of the long term debt. Employee recruitment and retention will also be a part of the plan since a large portion of the staff will be eligible for retirement in five years. "The Airport Authority needs to advance this new agenda now to enhance opportunities for growth, deliver a better travel experience and ensure that Pittsburgh International Airport is not only the region's gateway to the world, but the gateway to the future," Chairman Minnotte added.