Orlando International Airport CEO Named to Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful”

Press Release
Phil Brown

ORLANDO, FL. – Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and Orlando International Airport (MCO), has been named to Orlando Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful,” the publication’s annual list of the city’s influential individuals, which appears in the August 2019 issue.

Brown was recognized for his leadership of the nation’s 10th busiest airport, which handles 48 million passengers annually and employs 25,000 workers. The magazine noted his steady hand throughout many changes this year — as well as his management of a $4.2 billion capital improvement plan to enhance the main terminal and construct a new south terminal. Brown was among five people to move up from the magazine’s 2018 “15 to Watch’’ list.

In selecting individuals for the list, Orlando Magazine considers those who influence Central Floridians’ lives through the civic duties they carry out, the businesses or institutions they oversee, and the money they give to bring projects to fruition. The magazine tracks people who are making a mark in the community and talks to dozens of observers in arenas such as politics, business, the arts, education, tourism and social justice.

“As a critical economic driver and an integral service provider in the Central Florida region, Orlando International Airport is committed to community engagement, top down,” said Domingo Sanchez, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “No one typifies that more than our CEO, Phil Brown. In addition to running the busiest airport in the state of Florida, he is a strategic, connected business leader who stays actively engaged with stakeholders, employees, the local community, the region, and the aviation industry. Being named as one of Orlando Magazine’s Most Powerful is a reflection of Phil’s involvement and influence – and a well-deserved accolade.”

Under Brown’s leadership, MCO continues to achieve excellent rankings for customer service. For the second year in a row, MCO was ranked first in the J.D. Power 2018 North America Airport Satisfaction Study, as voted by passengers. It also was named the Large Airport of the Year in the 2018 CAPA Aviation Awards for Excellence, a top award in global aviation.

Basic MCO Information: With more than 49 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience.