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 $15.4 billion annually for the region’s economy and supporting more than 96,300 full-time jobs in the 11-county Philadelphia MSA.
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.
Keith J. Brune, COO
Keith J. Brune, A.A.E., is the Chief Operating Officer at Philadelphia International and Northeast Philadelphia Airports. He is responsible for all Operations, Security, Facilities Maintenance and Stakeholder Relations. Mr. Brune has been with Philadlephia International Airport since 1991 and has held positions in Operations and Facilities Maintenance. He holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Aeronautical Science degreees from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives.
Mr. Brune started his career with Philadelphia International Airport as an Airport Operations Officer in 1992. Throughout his career, he has held positions as Airport Operations Superintendent, Acting Facilities Maintenance Manager, Airport Operations Manager and Deputy Director of Aviation. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Delaware County Transportation Management Association, Board Member for the Aviation Council of Pennsylvania, a member of several committees for both American Association of Airport Executives and Airports Council International and has been a speaker at both national and international aviation conferences. Mr. Brune served in the U. S. Air Force for 10 years and is also a former adjunct instructor of aviation related classes for both Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Drexel University.
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 , Acting CAO
Joseph F. Messina serves as Acting Chief Administrative Officer whose areas of responsibility include government affairs, image, marketing and public affairs, business diversity, community engagement and outreach, and safety. In addition, he is responsible for federal and state regulatory issues and compliance, enterprise risk management, relations with neighboring jurisdictions and strategic initiatives.
Previously, Mr. Messina was PHL's Deputy Director of Aviation for Regulatory Affairs. He 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. He is a certified member of American Association of Airport Executives.
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
Matthew D. Crowley, CIO
Matthew D. Crowley was appointed as Chief Information Officer in November 2017. He is responsible for overseeing the airport’s technology infrastructure and driving innovative technology solutions to improve the workplace and experiences for employees and passengers.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Crowley served as Chief Information Officer at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport for three years and was Chief Technology Officer in Browsium, Inc. in Washington, D.C where he was a co-founder of the company and led the research, development, and product groups. He was responsible for developing and delivering products to market, and working with customers in the United States and Europe.
Mr. Crowley previously focused on software development, including working as a manager with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer engineering team in Redmond, WA.
Mr. Crowley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He is actively involved in the Case Alumni Association and sits on its board of directors. He is the author of Pro Internet Explorer 8 & 9 Development: Developing powerful applications for the next generation of IE (2010). In addition, he has taught courses in Computer Science.