The Airports Council International (ACI) announced the results of its elections held to select a new chair and vice chair of its advisory board for World Business Partner (WBP). Catherine Mayer, vice president of SITA Inc., was re-elected as chair, and Ron Steinert, a principal of Gensler, Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide, will serve as the new vice chair.
Both are long-standing aviation industry supporters of the WBP program, promoting its value as a networking platform that facilitates the exchange of information between business partners. The program strengthens the spirit of partnership between airports worldwide and their suppliers, based on the shared goal of improving customer service, operations, and financial results.
Angela Gittens, director general of ACI World, commented, “I am delighted to welcome two such qualified leaders to give renewed direction to our 400-partner strong program. Their willingness to contribute industry expertise and creative ideas, as well as their personal time needed in carrying out these critical roles, ensures the on-going enhancement of the WBP program in a global context and reinforces the strong regional programs now in place. We look forward to a productive year under their expert guidance.”
Mayer is the primary liaison for SITA with airport industry organizations, ensuring SITA’s availability and support for committees, conferences, and industry missions. She is an active participant in Airports Council International (ACI), and as chairman of the ACI World Business Partners board has served since 2006 as the first non-airport member to be appointed as an observer to the ACI World governing board, contributing the supplier dimension to strategic discussions. She has represented SITA in testimonial on aviation security to the US Congress and is SITA’s official representative on several airline, airport, and industry committees. Previously, she was responsible for developing and leading the SITA Airport Services solution line including the financial results of the global business, strategy, product portfolio, implementation, customer satisfaction, and improving the business to ensure SITA continues to meet the needs of the ever-changing air transport industry. Mayer’s vast experience and worldwide contacts with both international and domestic airports and airlines enable her to contribute a unique perspective to SITA and to the aviation industry.
Steinert heads the firm’s aviation practice area in his role as a principal at Gensler, Architecture, Design & Planning Worldwide and has devoted over 35 years of his career to the planning and design of airport terminal facilities. He served as president of the Airport Consultants Council in 1996 after spending 7 years on their board of directors. He is an associate member of ACI North America where he has served on the associates board of directors for three years. Currently, he is serving as a member of the ACI World Business Partners World board of directors and will take up his position as vice chair as of May 1, 2010. He is also a corporate member of AAAE and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Steinert has authored many industry-focused articles and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
Gittens commented, “We are very fortunate to be able to rely on committed industry partners of this caliber to lead our strategic alliance between airports and their industry partners. We have come through some difficult times in the past two years and look forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to help forge a healthy and sustainable future for airports worldwide.”