A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Christina Cassotis is an energetic and innovative industry leader. Ms. Cassotis has been CEO of the Allegheny County Airport Authority, which operates Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport, since January 2015. Since her arrival, Pittsburgh International Airport was named the Air Transport World 2017 Airport of the Year; the number of nonstop flights has increased more than 80 percent; passenger traffic has risen to levels not seen since 2008; and two new transatlantic flights will begin operating this summer on airlines that have not previously served the airport. Ms. Cassotis began her career in commercial aviation working for the Massachusetts Port Authority which operates Boston Logan International Airport. In 1999, she joined SH&E - a global commercial aviation consulting firm - advising airports worldwide on strategy, business plans and system planning. She went on to serve as Managing Officer for Airport Services for I CF-SH&E, leading a global team of airport consultants. A frequently requested speaker at national and international aviation events, Ms. Cassotis holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA from the University of Massachusetts. In Pittsburgh, her primary goals continue to be increasing air service, improving airport efficiencies and advancing both airports as drivers of regional economic growth.