Bret Kelly named Fraport USA interim CEO; Rosa Beckett appointed CAO

By Andrew Pentol |


Bret Kelly has assumed the role of interim Fraport USA CEO.

Fraport USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide has announced two appointments to its executive team.

Brett Kelly, Fraport USA’s Senior Vice President of Operations, has been named interim CEO, while Rosa Beckett is joining the company in the newly created position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). These executive appointments parallel the company’s continuing expansion in the North American airport market.

Kelly successfully managed Fraport USA’s retail concessions programme at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for eight years. More recently, he also led Fraport USA’s transition team during the start-up phase of the new retail concessions program at Nashville International Airport.

In March 2019, Kelly assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Operations. Effective yesterday (9 December 2019), he took over as CEO from the departing Ben Zandi.

Balint Szentivanyi, Chairman of the Board, Fraport USA said: “We thank Mr Zandi for his entrepreneurial passion and commitment in developing and accelerating the growth of Fraport USA.”


Szentivanyi, who indicated the company is experiencing positive momentum following the recent addition to its airport portfolio commented: “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.”

Rosa-Beckett-Fraport-USABeckett (left) brings extensive experience in airport management, strategic planning, service quality and process optimisation from the financial services industries to her new position of CAO, where she will oversee the administration of Fraport USA’s growing operations.

“We are pleased to welcome Rosa Beckett to the Fraport USA team. Beckett is a highly accomplished professional who has made her mark in the aviation and financial services industries,” said Szentivanyi. “Her depth of experience, financial services background and vision in airport processes optimisation will add tremendous value to our partners, particularly as we continue growing our organisation and expanding Fraport USA’s footprint across North America.”

As incoming CAO, Beckett joins Fraport USA following a successful 18-year career with the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) in Florida. Rising to the rank of CAO, Beckett’s achievements included implementing JAA’s first information technology strategic plan and $29m of investment in technology and communications projects.

To support its expansion initiatives, Fraport USA has appointed a new vice president of business development. A new senior management function for customer experience and corporate marketing has also been created.

Fraport USA develops and manages retail concessions programmes at major airports, including Baltimore/Washington, Cleveland, New York John F Kennedy Terminal 5, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

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