Fraport USA said this week that former Hudson Group executive Michael Mullaney will be its new CEO, overseeing its concessions operations at airports that include Nashville International (BNA), Pittsburgh International (PIT) and Cleveland International (CLE) airports, as well as John F. Kennedy International’s (JFK) Terminal 5, and Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Terminal B.

Mullaney succeeds Brett Kelly, Fraport USA’s acting CEO and senior vice president of operations, who will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Mullaney brings more than 30 years of experience in concession development, airport operations, aviation consultancy and education. Most recently, Mullaney served as executive vice president of corporate strategy and development for the Hudson Group. Prior to Hudson, Mullaney oversaw the concession leasing and store reconstruction programs as the manager of the commercial and business development for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

“We are very pleased to welcome Michael Mullaney – a seasoned industry expert – to lead and grow Fraport USA beyond the pandemic,” said Balint Szentivanyi, Fraport USA’s chairman of the Board. “At the same time, I would like to thank Brett Kelly for his significant commitment and contributions and for navigating Fraport USA through an exceptionally challenging 2020.”

Mullaney was instrumental in successfully expanding Hudson’s store 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.

“I am incredibly excited to assume this responsibility and lead our exceptionally talented team,” Mullaney said. “Building on our established expertise, Fraport USA will lead the way in this newly evolving aviation environment to deliver new, safe and transformative passenger experiences at airports nationwide. We will continue to set the standard for customer-centric airport retail development, management and concession operations.”