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Ontario International Airport’s new CEO is a familiar face

By in Press Enterprise on October 7, 2017

By Monica Rodriguez

The Ontario International Airport has a new chief executive officer: Mark Thorpe, airport officials announced Saturday, Oct. 7.

Thorpe is a familiar face at Ontario International. Since July, Thorpe has been functioning as the interim chief executive officer, according to a statement from the airport’s Authority Commission.

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The new CEO had previously worked for Los Angeles World Airports — the Ontario airport’s former parent agency – during which he recruited four new airlines to Ontario airport, which added 16 new destinations in the U.S. and Mexico.

In 2011, he left Los Angeles World Airports for Dallas-Fort-Worth International Airport, where he played several roles in the air service development division.

He was lured back to Ontario in August 2016, when he was named the Ontario International Airport Authority’s chief development officer. In that role, he oversaw commercial business, passenger, cargo and property development.

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He became interim CEO in July, when Kelly Fredericks stepped down due to differing opinions on the direction and management of the airport authority.

Fredericks’ departure came seven months after the airport regained local control.

Thorpe’s promotion to CEO was lauded in Saturday’s statement.

“Mark has been a valued member of the (Ontario International Airport Authority) team for more than a year, having played an integral role in the transition of Ontario International Airport to local control,” said authority Commission President Alan D. Wapner in the statement. “He understands the Commission’s vision for the airport – one that is low-cost, business-friendly and customer-focused, not to mention innovative and collaborative in its approach with airport tenants and vendors.

“Most importantly, Mark is committed to transforming (the Ontario airport) into a magnet for economic development in […]    

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