California-based Ontario International Airport Authority has named international aviation consultant Dan Cappell – a highly respected and familiar figure in the travel retail industry, as chief commercial officer, effective Dec. 9.
A UK-native, Cappell began his career nearly 30 years ago with Nestle International Travel Retail, and subsequently moved to Abu Dhabi Airports Company, as acting commercial officer.
He also held senior positions at Melbourne Airport, Aer Rianta International-Middle East, and was also Deputy Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Duty Free.
Moving to the U.S. in 2018, Cappell became a consultant for global strategic management firm Leigh Fisher Management Consultants, and worked with airports in Baltimore, Denver, Phoenix, Charlotte, and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport.
Cappell has played a leading role in the development of airport business plans, concession plans and strategic advertising opportunities.
Mark Thorpe, OIAA CEO comments: “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.”
“I am honored 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.
Located 35 miles east of down-town Los Angeles, ONT is a fast-growing full-service airport with nonstop commercial jet service to 22 major airports in the U.S., Mexico and Taiwan, and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations.