have to look further than Angela Gittens, the director general at Airports
Council International, to find one of the greatest inspirational leaders
Angela has been advancing greater women’s
rights and opportunities and bettering the airport and airline business
for almost longer that anybody can remember.
Aviation is lucky that she grew up watching
airplanes at JFK International Airport.
It is not hard to imagine that she was
always destined to be at the airport, and the levels of her achievement
are both wonderful and amazing to think about.
She has been an airport leader during
a career that spans an era when she was the only woman in a top leadership
position at any airport.
Angela was recruited from San Francisco
General Hospital and became deputy director of Business and Finance
at San Francisco airport on the strength of her ability and solid reputation
at both city agencies.
Later she gained even more respect and
greater fame in airport circles as top executive at Atlanta and then
Miami International Airport.
You might expect that Angela encountered
some challenges connected to race and gender, but if that were the case,
it didn’t slow her down a bit.
“I am who I am … I can’t
control how someone else perceives a person who is black, who is a female,”
Folks attending the Global Airport Leaders’
Forum (GALF) taking place alongside the Airport Show in Dubai from May
11- 12, 2015, can hear Angela speak on a panel with Raymond Benjamin,
secretary general of ICAO, and Hussein Dabbas, regional vice president
for the Middle East and North Africa, IATA.
Almost alone at the top amongst the boys,
one can expect Angela to tell it like it is.