On Monday, the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) announced the promotion of Atif Elkadi to the newly created position of Deputy Executive Director.
In his new position, Elkadi is expected to play an expanded role in the airport’s operation and administration.
Elkadi who has served as the Ontario International Airport’s (ONT) chief commercial officer since November 2017, is a seasoned professional with extensive senior-level experience in strategic marketing, brand management and customer service communications. His broad portfolio of communication activities includes community engagement, social media, marketing, advertising and public relations. He will maintain responsibility for most of these responsibilities in his role.
“Atif envisioned and implemented an effective strategic communications program which established a clear voice and strong brand identity for Ontario,” said Mark Thorpe, OIAA’s chief executive officer. “From the moment he started at ONT it was clear that his airport experience stretched beyond communications with his intricate understanding of building a culture, stakeholder management and understanding what is needed to build a world class gateway airport.”
Atif responded to the added confidence entrusted in him by the OIAA s he takes on this new role he said, “I have dedicated my life to communications and aviation and have had the privilege to work in fast-paced airport environments around the world,” Elkadi said. “I am humbled by the faith shown in me by the OIAA leadership and I believe in their vision for our airport. I am gratified to be part of an outstanding team of professionals who are devoted to building a first-rate aviation gateway in Southern California. The sky is the limit at ONT.”
Before his tenure with ONT, Atif served as senior corporate communications manager at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport where he developed the airport’s communications strategy and implemented its strategic communications initiatives. He also managed internal communications, customer service communications and social media for Dubai International Airport.
Header Photo: Atif Elkadi