Philadelphia International Airport is owned and operated by the City of Philadelphia. The Airport is totally self-supporting and does not use local tax dollars for its operation. Philadelphia International Airport is a major economic engine, generating more than $14.4 billion a year for the region’s economy and supporting more than 141,000 jobs in the region
MARK GALE, A.A.E., Chief Executive Officer
Mark Gale was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in December 2009. As CEO, Gale serves as the City's chief representative in local, state, national and international affairs, in marketing the Airport and improving air service. In this capacity, he is responsible for directing the planning, development and administration of all the activities of the City's Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport and the management of about 800 Airport personnel. Mark served as Acting Director of Aviation from January 2009 to his appointment as CEO in December
Prior to being named Acting Director of Aviation, Mark was Deputy Director of Aviation for Operations and Facilities since 2000. As Deputy Director, Mr. Gale led a group of managers directing the day-to-day critical airport functions, including all airport operations, and maintenance, safety/security, information technology, engineering design and construction. From 1996 to 2000, he served as the Airport's Operations Manager before being appointed Deputy Director. Mr. Gale originally began his career at the Airport in 1985 as an intern. After graduation, he returned to the Airport in early 1989 and has held a variety of positions during his tenure.
Mark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Studies from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is an accredited member in the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and also serves on AAAE’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Mark currently serves on the Board of Directors for Airports Council International - North America, the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the U.S. Travel Association.
CHRISTINE DERENICK-LOPEZ, Chief of Staff
Christine Derenick-Lopez is the Chief of Staff at Philadelphia International Airport. Christine is responsible for overseeing the Airport's Marketing and Public Affairs unit, legislative affairs, strategic initiatives and serving as liaison to the City Law Department as well as assisting the CEO in a variety of Airport functions. She has more than 20 years of progressive public sector experience in human resources. Christine is past president of Philadelphia SHRM. She also serves on the Hotel, Restaurant, Travel & Tourism Board, Philadelphia Academies Inc., as well as Airports Council International-North America/HR Steering Committee. Christine earned her BS degree in Business Administration from Mansfield University and has been Professional Human Resources certified since 1999.
KEITH J. BRUNE, Deputy Director, Operations and Facilities
Keith J. Brune was appointed Deputy Director of Aviation, Operations and Facilities, in October 2010. He is responsible for all Operations, Security, Facilities Maintenance and Engineering. Mr. Brune served as Acting Deputy Director, Operations and Facilities, from August 2009 to his appointment as Deputy Director. Mr. Brune started his career with Philadelphia International Airport as an Airport Operations Officer in 1991. He has also held positions as Airport Operations Superintendent, Acting Facilities Maintenance Manager and Airport Operations Manager. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Aeronautical Science degrees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives. Mr. Brune is a member of the Board of Directors for the Delaware County Transportation Management Association, a member of several committees for both the American Association of Airport Executives and Airports Council International and has been a speaker at national and international aviation conferences. He is also a former adjunct instructor of aviation classes for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Drexel University
ROCHELLE CAMERON, Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance and Administration
(“Chellie”) L. Cameron was appointed Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance and
Administration, in June 2011. She is
responsible for the Division of Aviation’s financial operations, disadvantaged
business enterprise certifications and programs, capital program funding and
administration, procurement and contract management, human resources, risk
management and materials management. Ms.
Cameron spent 13 years with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority,
where she directed Financial Strategy and Analysis for the entire organization,
Finance and Administration at Washington Dulles International Airport, the
Terminal Concession Program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the
Financial Management Division at Dulles. Ms. Cameron has more than 20 years experience
in financial and business management, and spent seven years as an active duty
officer in the United States Air Force and one year as an Air Force civilian
employee. Ms. Cameron holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and a
Masters degree in Business Administration from Auburn University at Montgomery.
She is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2012, she was appointed to a 4-year term
on Airport Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) Finance Steering
Committee as a large-hub airport representative, and she serves on numerous
ACI-NA Finance Subcommittees. Ms.
Cameron has served as an industry expert on numerous Airport Cooperative
Research Program panels and is a member of the American Association of Airport
Executives and the Government Finance Officers Association.
Diego Rincón, A.A.E., Deputy Director of Aviation, Capital Development
Mr. Rincón is an Accredited Airport Executive (A.A.E.) and aviation professional with an international and domestic background in planning, engineering, program management and construction management. His experience includes over 20 years leading and contributing to major airport programs in Washington, D.C., Dallas, TX., and Mumbai, and he has supported airport development work in Mexico, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Honduras, Venezuela, Argentina, Spain, Hungary and India. He has served as a consultant and has held senior executive roles in airport management in both public and private sectors. In his role as Deputy Director of Aviation, Mr. Rincón works closely with CEO Mark Gale and PHL’s senior leadership team to continue advancing the Airport’s Capacity Enhancement Program. In addition, he has direct involvement in capital improvement projects with the Airport’s tenants and internal departments, ensuring safety and quality. He oversees major construction and engineering projects, introducing new, progressive approaches to engineering management and execution.
JAMES TYRRELL, Deputy Director of Aviation, Property/Business Development
Mr. Tyrrell was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Aviation, Property Management/Business Development in February 2001. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Airport's Property Manager from 1993-2001 and as an Airport Properties Assistant (1987-93) after joining the Division of Aviation in 1987. He is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia and obtained his undergraduate degree (B.S. Marketing/Management) from Saint Joseph's University in 1982. Mr. Tyrrell is directly responsible for all real estate related functions including the development, purchase, sale, use and lease of all Airport properties and facilities. In addition to all real estate matters, he also oversees air service development, food, beverage and retail concessions, rental cars and other business development activities related to and including wireless Internet access, Airport advertising contracts and all airline agreements. Additionally, all business development related activities at Northeast Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia International's reliever airport, are also his responsibility. Mr. Tyrrell serves on Airports Council International-North America's Air Cargo, Commercial Management and Business Diversity committees.