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.
Chellie Cameron, CEO
Rochelle (“Chellie”) L. Cameron became Chief Executive Officer in January 2016. As CEO, Ms. Cameron serves as the City's chief aviation representative in local, state, national and international affairs. She is responsible for directing the planning, development and administration of all activities of the City's Division of Aviation, including both Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. She also oversees the management of about 800 Airport personnel.
Ms. Cameron served on the Airport’s leadership team for the past five years. From December 2014 until her appointment as CEO, she had been the Chief Operating Officer responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations. She came to PHL in 2011 when she was named Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance and Administration.
Previously, Ms. Cameron spent 13 years with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA), which is responsible for operating and maintaining Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and the Dulles Toll Road, as well as constructing a 23-mile extension to the existing Washington, DC Metrorail System. During her tenure at MWAA, Ms. Cameron oversaw numerous financial and business departments for the Headquarters and at both Airports. Ms. Cameron’s experience also includes 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 B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. She is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealths of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and a member of the American Association of Airport Executives and the Government Financial Officers Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors for LEADERSHIP Philadelphia and the Board of Trustees for Angel Flight East.
Kieran Sheridan, COO
Kieran Sheridan was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February 2016. He oversees all day-to-day operations of the Philadelphia International and Northeast Airports including landside and airside operations and security and maintenance of terminals and facilities. Additionally Mr. Sheridan is responsible for capital programs encompassing planning, environmental, construction and design programs.
Mr. Sheridan brings 30 years of aviation experience to his current role. He previously held senior leadership positions at United and Northwest Airlines. He has extensive experience in airline operations management, leading teams both regionally (in the United States, Europe and Asia) and globally to deliver best-in-class services across airline networks. He spearheaded operations in Europe for the SkyTeam and STAR Alliances, driving successful synergy and performance improvements, and leading multinational teams.
His work at many of the world’s major airports includes operations leadership, international corporate real estate, properties and facilities management, design and construction. He has served as Director of Global Facilities for CHC Helicopter, a Chicago-based provider of helicopter support to offshore oil and gas platforms. Mr. Sheridan also worked at Nielsen, where he led international corporate real estate in over 100 countries, transforming workplace environments in the USA and beyond. He brings a focus on the employee and customer experience, driven by a keen sense of cost, efficiency and quality.
A native of Belfast, Ireland and a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Mr. Sheridan speaks several languages.
Folasade Olanipekun-Lewis, CAO
Folasade (Sade) A. Olanipekun-Lewis was appointed Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Philadelphia International Airport in January 2016. As CAO, she oversees a host of Airport departments, including human resources, information technology, the Office of Business Diversity, arts and exhibitions, government affairs, marketing and public affairs and strategy and business intelligence.
Previously, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the City of Philadelphia’s City Council President Darrell L. Clarke. Prior to that executive role, Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis served as Deputy Commerce Director for Finance and Administration for the City of Philadelphia where she was responsible for managing the department's daily operations including finance, contract and program monitoring, human resources, office management and information technology services. She also developed and implemented a project management system for the 10 economic development agencies, commissions and quasi-governmental entities, which report to the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development.
Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis completed secondary school in Nigeria, West Africa; obtained an undergraduate degree in economics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, CUNY BA Program; a juris doctor degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law; and a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government. Ms. Olanipekun-Lewis is a mayoral appointee to the City of Philadelphia’s Water Rate Board, and also serves as a board member for the Urban Affairs Coalition and the North Philadelphia Healthcare System. In addition, she teaches graduate level courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.
Tracy Borda, CFO
Tracy S. Borda was appointed Chief Financial Officer in January 2016. She is responsible for the Airport’s financial operations including accounting, budget, rates and charges, debt management, grant management, capital program funding, audit, procurement, contract management, risk management and materials management
Prior to her current role, Ms. Borda served as Acting Deputy Director of Aviation, Finance & Administration, since March 2015. She joined Philadelphia International Airport in 1995 as the Internal Audit Manager and has held various positions of increasing responsibility including Assistant Director of Aviation and Airport Administrative Manager.
Ms. Borda holds a B.S. degree in finance from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Temple University. She is a certified public accountant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Government Financial Officers Association and the Finance Committee for Airports Council International - North America.
James Tyrrell, CRO
James Tyrrell is the newly appointed Chief Revenue Officer at PHL. He is responsible for business and real estate related functions including the development, purchase, sale, use and lease of all Airport properties and facilities. He also oversees air service development, food, beverage and retail concessions, rental cars and other business development activities, including wireless Internet access, Airport advertising contracts and all airline agreements. Other responsibilities include commercial management and business development at Northeast Philadelphia Airport.
Previously Mr. Tyrrell served as the Deputy Director of Aviation, Property Management/Business Development, a position he was appointed to in 2001. He joined the Division of Aviation in 1987 and served as the Airport's Property Manager from 1993-2001.
Mr. Tyrrell is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia and obtained his B.S. in marketing and management from Saint Joseph's University in 1982. He serves on Airports Council International-North America's (ACI-NA) Air Cargo Committee and previously served on ACINA Commercial Management and Business Diversity committees. Currently, he is the 2016 Airport Revenue News Airport Property Manager of the Year.
Joseph F. Messina , Deputy Director
Joseph F. Messina was appointed Deputy Director of Regulatory Affairs in June 2016. He is responsible for federal and state regulatory issues and compliance, enterprise risk management, relations with neighboring jurisdictions and strategic initiatives.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Messina served as General Counsel to Philadelphia International Airport for 18 years.
Mr. Messina holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from St. Joseph’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Temple University, a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the Legal Steering Group of Airports Council International-North America and served as a past Chair of that group.
In 2015, Mr. Messina received the Joseph I. Mulligan, Jr. Distinguished Public Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Messina co-authored an article Emerging Trends in Airport-Airline Use and Lease Agreements in the USA, which was published in the Journal of Airport Management, Summer 2016 edition.