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The Ontario International Airport Authority has tapped Kelly J. Fredericks as its chief executive officer.

By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/20/16 1:34 PM PST |

ONTARIO >> An East Coast aviation veteran has been tapped to lead L.A./Ontario International Airport when a local authority assumes control later this year.

The five-month search culminated Wednesday afternoon at a special meeting with the nomination of Kelly J. Fredericks as the Ontario International Airport Authority’s first CEO. Fredericks currently serves as president/CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corp., operator of T.F. Green Airport, a commercial airport serving Providence and the New England region.

Fredericks is expected to start in March and take the helm of ONT following approval of the airport transfer by the Federal Aviation Administration.

“It’s an exciting day, a historic day and another step in the finalization of the transition of ONT to local control,” said OIAA President Alan D. Wapner.

While the nomination is clinched — along with salary terms and a retirement plan — negotiations continue on the actual contract. Commissioner Ron Loveridge said Fredericks’ annual salary will be $398,500. He added that all OIAA employees, including Fredericks, will be offered a retirement savings plan, which will not be part of CalPERS, the state agency that manages benefits for public employees.

Fredericks has 33 years of experience in aviation, including serving as the president of Rhode Island Airport Corp. since April 2013. Before that, he worked as a senior vice president of an aviation group and oversaw the design and construction of a multibillion-dollar project.

He also has experience working with airport authorities. He served as executive director of Erie Municipal Airport Authority in Colorado for nearly a decade.

“Kelly is the right guy for the job,” Wapner said. “We have one shot at making this right, and we need the best CEO that we can find. We were so fortunate to get that man.”

Wapner said that Fredericks “gets it” when it comes to understanding the region. Wapner and members of the OIAA have long said it doesn’t expect to compete with Los Angeles International Airport when it comes to passenger traffic. Rather, ONT can complement airports in the region.

For Fredericks, Wapner said, there are many similarities between the airports’ markets, in that Green Airport in Rhode Island is not in competition with Boston’s Logan International Airport but complements it, he explained.

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