CT Airport Authority Board, Chairwoman, Ready to Get to Work

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CT Airport Authority Chairwoman Mary Ellen Jones

Mary Ellen Jones, chosen by Governor Malloy to head the newly minted CT Airport Authority (CAA), possesses the credentials to tackle the task and is ready to go, explaining, “The biggest challenge is where to start”.

The Glastonbury resident is the President of the Engine Alliance, a 50-50 joint venture between Pratt and Whitney and GE that manufactures and supports the Connecticut built GP7000 Engine for the Airbus A380. She assumed this role in November of 2009, after heading Pratt & Whitney’s Commercial Engines & Global Services Marketing, where she led worldwide marketing initiatives for P&W’s new engine and aftermarket businesses.

The new CAA Chairwoman previously served as Vice President – Marketing and Sales for the Engine Alliance, and also worked for three years in Toulouse, France directing Pratt & Whitney’s operations at Airbus headquarters.  Her
other experience includes management positions with Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies Corporation in Sales, Contracts, Communications and Government Relations.

As far as first steps for the new Authority, there has been no lack of input from outside sources, starting immediately after her being named to Chair the 11 member Authority. Ms. Jones explained,  “there has been a lot of outreach” on a number of items ; input via callers ranging from passengers to elected officials expressing opinions on baggage, parking, and the need for new air services.  The members had yet to meet together as The Airport News went to press, so any particular synergies and individual actions had yet to be addressed, but  “everyone is eager to get going” the Chairwoman noted  in referring to the Board, and an October meeting is being planned.  Ms. Jones  intends to draw on her “strong marketing and sales background” in addressing the growth of CT’s airports and implementation of new air service, which many have told her already needs to include a Trans-Atlantic effort. The immediate task is getting to work on organizing the new Authority and a Letter of Memorandum transferring control from the CT DOT, as directed by the Legislation signed by CT Governor Malloy on June 30, 2011.  First priority, after establishing procedural and operating guidelines for the Board, will be given to “where do we get the biggest impact the soonest”, explained the Chairwoman. Personal business and travel experiences that include 1 million miles on “at least one airline” and a collection of Board members with very impressive resumes are all ready to start the effort that has been decades in the waiting.

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