Fraport USA expands its senior leadership team

PITTSBURGH – Fraport USA is expanding its executive team with the promotion of Brett Kelly to the new role of senior vice president of operations, effective April 1, 2019. Since 2011, Mr. Kelly has served as vice president of the company’s Fraport Maryland group. In this position, he led the award-winning concessions program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – overseeing the leasing, construction, marketing and management of nearly 120,000 square-feet of concessions space. Recently, he also led the transition of Fraport USA’s new concessions development program launched at Nashville International Airport in February 2019.

“Brett’s extensive experience in retail real estate and roles in management, marketing, leasing and business development has contributed to the growth and success of our program and several key initiatives,” said Ben Zandi, president and CEO of Fraport USA. “He brings us exceptional qualities and qualifications to advance Fraport USA’s operational excellence, as we expand our teams and business footprint in North America.”

Mr. Kelly’s notable achievements at BWI Marshall Airport include building industry-leading Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs, along with the successful launch of Fraport USA’s innovative LaunchPad pilot program for start-ups and entrepreneurs. His dedicated work has been recognized by elected officials, the Urban League and other community organizations, and he is a frequent guest speaker on these topics at industry events.

Before joining Fraport USA, Mr. Kelly served as a vice president with General Growth Properties, one of the largest retail development companies in the country, where he held leadership positions in the areas of leasing, asset management, operations and marketing.

Mr. Kelly holds an MBA from Western Governors University and earned the Certified Leasing Specialist designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers. He is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and also served six years in the United States Marines.

Fraport USA is a part of the global airport company, Fraport AG. The group’s portfolio of companies currently serves more than 300 million travelers at 30 airports in 11 countries. In the United States, Fraport USA develops award-winning concessions programs in major airports including Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, New York-JFK, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

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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 Nashville International Airport. A leading airport concessions model in North America, Fraport USA projects rank among the highest for per-passenger spending and consistently receive accolades for innovation and customer service. For information, visit Fraport USA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, the global airport company based in Frankfurt, Germany. For information about Fraport AG, visit