Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) New Chief Development Officer
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Deborah Flint announced that Robert L. Gilbert has been appointed Chief Development Officer. The LAWA capital program, including the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Capital Improvement Program (CIP) will be Mr. Gilbert’s primary task. Specifically, the CDO will be the Program Executive for the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP), and will oversee LAWA’s Planning and Development Group and Environmental Programs.
LAMP is an estimated $5-billion with the centerpiece being an Automated People Mover (APM) that will connect the Central Terminal Area with a new Consolidated Rent-A-Car, with stops in-between at new airport parking facilities and a station connecting to the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority regional transit system (a link which should move passengers off of the roads. This added passenger movement system is intended to relieve traffic congestion in and around LAX the terminal area and the system of automobile traffic in the areas surrounding the airfield.
The new CEO has an impressive academic resume:
United States Air Force Academy
Bachelor of Science (BS), General Studies – Engineering
University of New Hampshire
The George Washington University
Program Management (Engineering)
Master of Public Administration (MPA), Public Policy Analysis
His work experience provides very useful knowledge of airports from different, relevant perspectives:
Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Chicago
Landrum and Brown, March 2015 – Present, Chicago, IL
VP & Airport Operational Readiness Manager (AOR)
Landrum & Brown, December 2010 – Present Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Deputy Executive Director
Greater Orlando Aviation Authority: Orlando International (MCO) and Executive (ORL) Airports, February 2007 – October 2010
VP & Program Manager for LAX Master Plan & EIS/EIR
URS Corporation, November 1999 – December 2005, Greater Los Angeles Area
VP South West Region and Director of Aviation Development
Kercheval Engineers, September 1996 – November 1999 Las Vegas, Nevada Area
Pilot and Civil Engineering Officer
United States Air Force, June 1973 – September 1996
Gilbert brings to LAWA 40 years of airport experience with the previous 15 years focused on APM and light rail/airport connections—beginning with design & development, moving to construction management and then to O&M. Gilbert knows his new airport; he was Program Manager for the LAX Improvement Program; there he coordinated the 17 consulting firms contracted (1) to create the $13 billion LAX Master Plan and (2) to present the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report to state and federal reviewing authorities.
What makes Mr. Gilbert unusual, if not unique, is that during his four years at Colorado Springs, he was a Defensive Back for the 6-4 Falcons coached by legendary Ben Martin. The last game of DB Gilbert was played in South Bend, IN on Thanksgiving Day. It was the 1st game since 1967 that was not a sellout at Notre Dame Stadium. Fittingly, the end of his career was televised by ABC nationally.
Welcome back to the World of Airports, Mr. Gilbert!!!