Dec 10, 2019: International aviation consultant Dan Cappell has taken over as chief commercial officer at the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) from December 9. The position is integral to the future development of the Southern California airport.
"We have had the benefit of Dan's expertise and experience in his capacity as a consultant, so he is no stranger to all we've accomplished as well as our vision for Ontario as a first-rate international aviation gateway. He's keenly aware of what it takes to develop successful airports, and we look forward to the added value his many talents will bring to Ontario," said Mark Thorpe, chief executive officer, OIAA.
Cappell is a 29-year veteran of the international aviation industry and had served as OIAA consultant before joining the executive ranks. He has worked with airports in Baltimore, Denver, Phoenix and Charlotte, as well Orange County's John Wayne Airport, in his capacity with Leigh Fisher Management Consultants, a global strategic management firm. Leigh Fisher is owned by Jacobs Engineering Group, which is focused on the aviation, infrastructure and surface transportation sectors. Cappell has played a leading role in the development of airport business plans, concession plans and strategic advertising opportunities.
Before joining Leigh Fisher, Cappell, a native of the United Kingdom, led a team of 66 executive and support personnel as acting commercial officer of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, which provides aviation services to five airports in the United Arab Emirates.
"I am honoured to be joining the executive team at Ontario and contribute to the vision for growth as defined by the CEO and the board. Ontario has a dynamic and forward-thinking executive team, with incredibly exciting plans for the airport's growth over the next 10 years. I can't wait to get started," said Cappell.