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Fraport USA has promoted senior vice president of operations Brett Kelly to interim CEO, replacing Ben Zandi, and announced that Rosa Beckett will be joining the company in the newly created position of chief administrative officer (CAO).

Kelly successfully managed Fraport USA’s award-winning retail concessions program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and recently led Fraport USA’s transition team during the start-up phase of the new retail concessions program at Nashville International (BNA).

Kelly was named senior vice president of operations in March of this year and now takes over for Zandi.

“We thank Mr. Zandi for his entrepreneurial passion and commitment in developing and accelerating the growth of Fraport USA,” says Balint Szentivanyi, Fraport USA’s chairman of the board, in a statement announcing the move. “We are well positioned for the future in the extremely capable and experienced hands of Brett Kelly and the expanded executive team – who are primed to take Fraport USA and our airport partners to new heights.”

Beckett is joining Fraport USA after 18 years with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) in Florida. Rising to the rank of CAO, Beckett’s achievements include implementing JAA’s first information technology strategic plan and $29 million of investment in technology and communications projects.

“Beckett is a highly accomplished professional who has made her mark in the aviation and financial services industries,“ says Szentivanyi. “Her depth of experience, financial services background and vision in airport processes optimization will add tremendous value to our partners, stakeholders and customers.”