ACI World appoints Candace McGraw as its first woman Chair

By Kristiane Sherry |

ACI World Candace McGraw appointment

ACI World has appointed Candace McGraw its new Chair, the first woman to hold the position. 

ACI World has named Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) CEO Candace McGraw as its new Chair – the first woman in its history to hold the role.

McGraw will chair the ACI World Governing Board (WGB) that spans 28 leading airport CEOs, each nominated by regional ACI Boards, as well as the Immediate Past Chair.

ACI’s WGB steers the organisation by discussing the concerns and interests of ACI members for the benefit of global travellers.

McGraw’s appointment was approved at the annual ACI World General Assembly in June 2023, with her term running until December 2025.

She previously held the role of ACI World Vice Chair, and succeeds Sheik Aimen bin Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports. Jost Lammers, CEO of Munich Airport, takes on the Vice Chair role.

McGraw was appointed CEO at CVG in July 2011, and has over 30 years of experience in aviation, legal affairs, and public administration.

Since taking up her post at CVG, McGraw has completed a 2035 Master Plan Study to ready the airport for the future. She also also consolidated operations into a renovated terminal, and diversified revenues through cargo, land and concessions improvements.

Other work includes attracting new carriers and establishing CVG as one of the most efficient and fastest-growing cargo hubs in the world. Today, the airport is home to Amazon Air’s primary U.S. Hub and DHL Express’ Global Superhub for the Americas.

In 2022, CVG saw its cargo volumes climb by 16.8%, the largest among the world’s top 20 busiest airports for total cargo volumes.

McGraw is also active in her local community, championing gender parity, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), leadership, and workforce development.

Candace McGraw will ‘unlock new horizons’

“We are thrilled to welcome ACI World’s new Chair, Ms. Candace McGraw,” said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ACI World Director General.

“Guided by her vision, we are confident that our organisation will chart a course towards a bright future and unlock new horizons in our mission to elevate the interests of airports worldwide.

“Our industry faces a crossroad, a balancing act between soaring demand for air travel and the urgent need for sustainable aviation. Ms. McGraw has served on the ACI World Governing Board since 2018, and has been our Vice Chair since January 2022; she is the first woman to Chair ACI World and we are very proud of that considering her brilliant career and contribution to the ACI federation.

“With the grace of Ms. McGraw’s leadership, we are poised to emerge triumphant, steadfast in our pursuit of success.”

McGraw added: “I am honoured to serve as Chair of the ACI World Governing Board. I thank Sheik Aimen bin Al Hosni, our Immediate Past Chair, for his leadership these past several years.

“Nothing is more important to me than the future of this industry. Whether thinking about the long-term needs of ACI, how we can be a strong partner in the global aviation industry, or what we can do to accelerate the adoption of practices to ensure sustainable aviation, we are stronger as one.

“I commit to lead our World Governing Board with a sense of purpose and collaboration and appreciate the trust that has been placed in me.”

In November, ACI World announced that Luis Felipe de Oliveira would stand down as its Director General at the end of 2024.

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