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Ford airport hires COO

November 20, 2017
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Alex Peric
Alex Peric. Courtesy Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport has named its new chief operating officer.

The airport authority has hired Alex Peric for the role.

Peric replaces Phil Johnson, who retired in June after more than 20 years at the airport.

Peric comes from the Allegheny County Airport Authority in Pittsburg, where he mostly recently served as VP of business development and properties.

Some of his achievements there include leasing more than 3.5 million square feet of facilities, land development of 9,000 acres and the retention and recruitment of airlines.

He also had roles as a business manager and business analyst during his time in Pittsburgh.

Peric is an Accredited Airport Executive with the American Association of Airport Executives and serves on Airport Council International’s Commercial Management Steering Group.

“Alex is a perfect addition to our airport team,” said Jim Gill, president and CEO, Ford airport. "He is well-known and well respected among his peers in the aviation industry, and he has experience in all of the areas where we are looking to grow — economic and business development, air service and operations.”

Peric started his aviation career in 2000 with Continental Airlines in Cleveland before working for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department and then working for the Cleveland Airport System until 2010.

“I am thrilled to join the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority team,” Peric said. “I grew up in the Midwest and am excited to live in such a thriving community with an incredible airport. Grand Rapids is a hidden gem and that includes the airport. I am looking forward to working with the GRR team to help the airport grow even more and create additional business opportunities in West Michigan.”

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