July 17, 2008

Orlando Airport Authority Hires Phil Brown As New Deputy Executive Director

By Jason Garcia, The Orlando Sentinel, Fla.

Jul. 17--The governing body that runs Orlando International Airport added to its executive ranks Wednesday, rehiring a former staffer who lost his job at an investment firm.

Phil Brown lands at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority after his position as an executive director at UBS Securities was eliminated when the financial company announced last month that it would pull out of the beleaguered municipal-bond market. UBS has done bond underwriting for the aviation authority.

Aviation authority Executive Director Steve Gardner said Brown will oversee the agency's efforts to reduce its financial dependence on airlines. That effort comes as airlines, buckling under record fuel costs, are slashing flights to save money, a tactic that threatens to eat into airport revenues generated by everything from landing fees to equipment rentals.

"We need to be aggressive in our non-airline revenue. And that's basically going to be Phil's charge," Gardner said.

Brown, 57, will be a deputy executive director, reporting to Gardner and overseeing commercial properties, marketing and administrative departments.

The aviation authority has two other deputies, who oversee divisions such as construction, airport operations and public safety. An airport spokeswoman said Brown will be paid about $202,000 a year.

This will be Brown's second tour at the aviation authority. He was a deputy executive director overseeing administration from December 1990 through January 1994. He was the authority's treasurer from 1992 to 1994.

Before joining the aviation authority the first time, Brown worked about eight years in Orange County government, including a term as county administrator from 1989 to 1991.

Jason Garcia can be reached at [email protected] or 407-420-5414.


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