Fraport USA Board of Directors
Michael R. Mullaney
Chief Executive Officer
Michael Mullaney, Fraport USA’s Chief Executive Officer, brings over 30 years of aviation experience, spanning concession development, airport operations, aviation consultancy and education. Most recently, Michael served as the executive vice president of corporate strategy and development for the Hudson Group. Throughout his 18-year tenure, he led the company’s strategic direction, business development, governmental affairs and business diversity divisions. He was instrumental in expanding Hudson’s portfolio to over 1,000 stores at 88 locations generating nearly $2 billion in annual sales and with over $80 million in annual store construction capex. Prior to Hudson, he oversaw the concession leasing and store reconstruction programs as the manager of commercial and business development for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
Michael is a member of the ACI-NA (Airports Council International North America) Commercial Management Committee and serves on the advisory board of the School of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology – where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management/Flight. A true aviation enthusiast, Michael is a former flight instructor and commercial pilot. He knew at the age of 15 that he wanted to be a pilot.
Chief Operating Officer, Fraport USA
Bill Casey brings a wealth of experience to his new role. He has served in various leadership capacities in airport concessions programs, specializing in food and beverage and hospitality. Recently, as CEO and founder of Phase 2 Hospitality, LLC, he guided brands and ACDBE businesses with their development plans and supported one of the largest ghost kitchen operators. Prior to this, as COO for Areas, USA, he oversaw operations in 13 airports and nine travel plazas in North America. While at Paradies Lagardere, he led the growth of a new division, increasing sales from $18M to $110M in three years, and was responsible for operations of national, local, and proprietary brands in 12 North American airports. He started his airport concessions career with HMSHost, advancing in key roles to become vice president of restaurant development portfolio.
Chief Financial Officer, Fraport USA
Dennis Koster is a business graduate from Goethe University in Frankfurt and has been part of Fraport team for almost 15 years. He started his career with Fraport in 2008 at the Group Controlling. In 2013, he joined the “Global Investments and Management” division. He was a core team member of the 14 Greek Regional Airports Acquisition project. Following his involvement to this major project, in 2016 Dennis moved to Athens and took charge of Fraport Greece’s Management Accounting & Finance unit, implementing the project finance of almost one billion Euro and setting-up the department. In 2021 he returned to Frankfurt and served as Vice President Cost Accounting & internal Transfer Pricing within the Group Controlling of Fraport AG. Dennis is a proud father of two girls and a passionate mountain biker.
Nia Denise Newton, Esq.
Chief Legal Officer, Fraport USA
As Chief Legal Officer Nia Newton leads the in-house legal team and provides strategic counsel on all legal, compliance, government affairs and human resource matters. She also serves as an officer of the company. Her wide-ranging experience covers all areas of airport leasing, licensing, franchising and commercial agreements as well as a depth of knowledge in corporate governance, compliance and regulatory matters.
Prior to joining Fraport USA, she served as corporate counsel for HMSHost since 2019 and for the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, D.C., in 2018. Nia began her legal career as an associate in the D.C. office of global law firm Nixon Peabody. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating with distinction, and her B.A. magna cum laude from Spelman College in Atlanta.
Kent Vanden Oever
Executive Vice President Strategy and Analytics, Fraport USA
Kent Vanden Oever brings three decades of airport business and consulting experience to his new position. Prior to Fraport USA, as an independent consultant, he assisted airports with commercial improvements and new planning and leasing strategies in the post-pandemic environment. Before this, as vice president of business development for HMSHost, he served as a strategic resource and was accountable for a portfolio of accounts generating $500M in annual sales. At AirProjects, Inc. and HNTB Corporation, he further demonstrated his ability to add value to airports in a variety of consulting engagements that increased concession sales and more profitable business terms for those clients. He launched his career in airport business services with PB Aviation (now WSP USA) and advanced to management, where he gained exposure to all types of airport consulting, including facility planning, environmental, financial analysis, and concession management.
Senior Director of Accounting, Fraport USA
Brian Berger brings 30 years of professional experience in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology and Operations working with companies across multiple industries including financial services, manufacturing, retail, property management, construction, and telecommunications.
He has held roles as Chief Financial Officer for Allegheny Valley Bancorp, Controller for NSD Bancorp, Director of Finance for Crown Castle International, and Director of Business Intelligence for ServiceLink and has years of consulting on SEC reporting, SOx compliance, revenue recognition and projects with such companies as Ariba, Black Box, RTI Metals and NOVA Chemicals. Prior to joining Fraport USA, he was a consultant to the dealer services division of Harley-Davidson and focused on the design and analysis of accounting and reporting functionality within the dealerships’ ERP and conducted training and system implementations.
Mr. Berger is a Certified Public Accountant and has a B.S. in Accounting from the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Director of Corporate Marketing & Passenger Experience, Fraport USA
Following a successful 27 years on Fraport Pittsburgh’s team, Cathy Simoni has been tapped as Fraport USA’s new Director of Corporate Marketing & Passenger Experience.
At Pittsburgh International, she directed and managed retail operations, leasing and marketing for the airport’s award-winning concessions program. She also oversaw the development and success of numerous projects, including the Blue Sky Project, a $10M overhaul of the airport’s center core retail area.
Throughout her tenure, Fraport USA’s 87,000 square-foot concession program at PIT has led the industry in sales per-enplaned passenger – and ranks among the highest for North American airports.
Ms. Simoni has experience in many sectors of airport retail including operations, leasing, security, construction, marketing and advertising.
Gary H. Gilliard
Vice President of Operations, Fraport Maryland
Gary H. Gilliard, Vice President of Operations for Fraport Maryland, oversees the concessions program at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), comprising retail, restaurant and services development, leasing, construction, marketing, and management.
Mr. Gilliard has gained more than a decade of expertise in the airport concessions industry, including roles in both concessions management and as a business operator. At Denver International Airport (DEN), he launched a retail merchandise unit program and became its lead manager. Mr. Gilliard has a long career in retailing and sales development, serving in senior-level management positions for leading companies domestically and internationally. He also led a successful local business and minority participation program at DEN.
In February 2021, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Urban League (GBUL).
Vice President, Fraport Tennessee
Prior to his appointment to Vice President for Fraport Tennessee, Matt Jennings oversaw the operations of the concessions program for Fraport Maryland at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, where he was responsible for development, management, leasing, design, construction, marketing and traveler experience.
In addition, Matt served as a key member of the transition team when Fraport USA was awarded the development of the new concessions program at Nashville International Airport (BNA) in 2018. There, he oversaw development and construction of tenant spaces and Fraport’s capital expense projects. He first joined Fraport USA in 2017 as an operations and development executive at BWI Marshall Airport.
Prior to entering the world of airport concessions, Matt’s more than 25-year retail career included leadership roles at Stride Rite Inc., Payless ShoeSource and Wolverine Worldwide, covering markets across the United States.
Vice President, Fraport Cleveland
Tina LaForte is responsible for tenant leasing, development and planning of the concessions program at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
During her tenure, she’s managed more than $30M in capital improvement for projects at CLE. In February 2008, Fraport USA signed a 10-year agreement with the City of Cleveland to develop and manage concessions at Hopkins.
Prior to her appointment in Cleveland, Ms. LaForte was general manager of the concessions program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. She also served as retail operations executive of the program at Pittsburgh International Airport. Ms. LaForte has more than 20 years of experience in a broad array of retail operations, including management, customer service, sales, merchandising, and inventory.
Vice President, Fraport New York
Lillian Tan oversees the redevelopment and management of the concessions program at JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Her expertise includes leasing, public / private partnerships, construction management, financial management, asset management, and marketing and customer service.
Ms. Tan previously managed the $12 million redevelopment of the 45,000 square-foot retail program at the Central Terminal at LaGuardia Airport, part of the $18 million project done in partnership with The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She managed all aspects of the project, including client relations, revenue generation, capital improvements, marketing, and tenant/passenger service of the award-winning program, and oversaw in excess of $40 million in landlord and tenant improvements.
She also worked on the $15 million redevelopment and management of The Coca-Cola Company Building in New York’s premier retail neighborhood on upper Fifth Avenue and the leasing/management of The News Building, a 1.1 million square-foot office building in the Grand Central Business District in Manhattan.