LAWA announces organizational changes to support modernization program

Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) has appointed Justin Erbacci as Chief Operating Officer, effective Aug. 5. Erbacci succeeds Samson Mengistu, who is retiring after more than 25 years at LAWA.

Erbacci, who has been with LAWA since July 2016, was most recently Chief Innovation and Commercial Strategy Officer and Deputy Executive Director, leading the Terminal Development and Improvement Program.

In his new role as COO, Erbacci will report to LAWA CEO Deborah Flint and be responsible for overseeing a realigned executive organization focused on implementation and delivery of LAWA’s $14 billion ongoing modernization program.

He will direct the integration of guest experience, innovation, commercial strategy and corporate responsibility, with world class operations and facilities management.

Other organizational changes include: Bernardo Gogna has been named Chief Development Officer, replacing Bob Gilbert, who will take on a newly created role as Strategic Advisor to the CEO. Samantha Bricker has been named to the expanded role of Chief Environment and Corporate Responsibility Officer. She was most recently Deputy Executive Director for LAWA’s Environmental Programs Group. Michael Christensen has been named Deputy Executive Director – Operations and Maintenance. Keith Wilschetz will continue in his key executive role as Deputy Executive Director – Operations and Emergency Management, and Flora Margheritis will continue as Van Nuys Airport Manager.