Seasoned airport executive brings wealth of experience to program
PITTSBURGH – Fraport USA is pleased to announce the appointment of Vivica Brown, Esq. IAP, as its vice president of operations for the concessions program at Nashville International Airport (BNA). Fraport was awarded the contract to manage more than 80,000 square feet of concessions space in the airport, starting in early 2019. Ms. Brown stepped into her new role at BNA, effective Nov. 1, 2018.
“We are delighted to have Vivica Brown at the helm to manage operations of our new concessions development at BNA,” said Ben Zandi, president and CEO, Fraport USA. “This accomplished executive brings a wealth of experience to our team in Tennessee,” he adds. “Given her standout credentials and achievements in the field, we are confident she will deliver operational excellence and enhance the passenger experience with our new program in Nashville.”
Prior to her recent role as vice president and general counsel of Brakkam Aviation Management in Atlanta, Ms. Brown served both as a former chief commercial officer and chief legal officer for the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL). At ATL, she demonstrated leadership experience in complex commercial development transactions, directing in-house and outside counsel on critical airport law matters including concessions, operations, real estate, construction, security, legal and procurement.
She was instrumental in leading five commercial business units generating close to .5 billion dollars in annual airport revenue, including an increase in non-aeronautical revenue of more than six percent year over year in 2015 and 2016. She also served as the point of contact with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on diversity compliance matters.
Ms. Brown began her professional career on Wall Street in the financial services industry prior to entering law school. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a concentration in economics and earned her law degree at California Western School of Law.
Ms. Brown also earned the coveted International Airport Professional (IAP) designation, a global standard of excellence in the field of airport management. Additionally, she is a graduate of Airport Executive Leadership Program sponsored by Airports Council International (ACI) and the Aviation Management Institute at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University in Montreal, QC.
Fraport USA is part of global airport company, Fraport AG. The group’s portfolio of companies currently serves more than 270 million travelers in 30 airports across four continents. In the United States, Fraport USA develops award-winning concessions programs in major airports including Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, New York, Pittsburgh, and soon Nashville.
About Fraport USA®
Fraport USA is the developer and manager of the retail, food and beverage operations at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Pittsburgh International Airport, JetBlue’s Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, and soon Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest in per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit fraport-usa.com. Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For more information about Fraport AG, visit fraport.com.
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Vivica Brown, Esq. IAP