Published on : Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Dawn Hunter has been appointed to serve as the Director of Aviation Commercial Management at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) starting August 3, 2020. Hunter was first associated with the Port of Seattle when she was appointed as the Senior Manager of Airport Dining and Retail at SEA in 2017.
As a transformational leader, she established strong partnerships both within and outside the Port. She led the final phases of the dining and retail redevelopment at the airport to increase options for travellers and expand access for small and local businesses including the addition of more than 50 restaurants and shops at SEA between 2019 and 2021.
It was around last year that Hunter and her team opened over 20 restaurants and stores such as Lucky Louie Fish Shack, Poke to the Max, Skillet and Elliot Bay Book Company. She also made room for more women and minority-owned businesses (WMBE) to operate at the airport than at any time in 71-year history.
As the Director of Aviation Commercial Management, Hunter will be responsible to implement an integrated strategic plan to drive sustained business development at the airport, including airport dining and retail, rental cars, parking and ground transportation. She will also work towards developing sources of non-aeronautical revenue and capitalize on new business opportunities while representing the interests of tenants and business units when developing policies.
Lance Lyttle, Managing Director, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport said in a statement that while the aspect underwent changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the vision of the airport continues to be the same. She added that SEA is globally competitive, committed to equity, and deeply focused on the customer experience. She mentioned that Dawn embodies the values of the airport and shared that adding her to the airport leadership team reinforces the path to the future. It can be considered that as a part of her new role Hunter will cultivate and lead a critical part of the airport economy.