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Incoming Sudbury airport CEO looks to drive revenue growth

Board plucks Giovanna Verrilli from Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Giovanna Verrilli
New Greater Sudbury CEO Giovanna Verrilli (Supplied)

A former Sudburian is returning home to take the controls of the Greater Sudbury Airport.

The Sudbury Airport Community Development Corporation’s (SACDC) board of directors have selected Giovanna Verrilli as its new CEO.

She is replacing Todd Tripp who is retiring after six years on the job. Verrilli’s first official day on the job is Aug. 15.

Originally from Sudbury, Verrilli worked for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority as its director of commercial development.

With a team of 14, Verrilli was mainly involved in revenue generation through food, beverage, advertising by striking strategic partnerships and finding ways to improve the passenger retail and dining experience.

“The SACDC is focused on enhancing the passenger experience while growing its revenue,” said board chair Dave Paquette in a statement. “It became evident through the recruitment process that Verrilli was the right fit.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Todd for his leadership, and wish him the best in his retirement,” he added.

“I’m excited to work with the staff, management team and board of directors at the Greater Sudbury Airport," Verrilli said, "and I look forward to building on the airport’s strength as an economic driver in the community. I’m especially excited to be coming back to my hometown and to be playing a key role in the growth of the airport coming out of the pandemic.”

Verrilli graduated with a bachelor of commerce degree from Laurentian University in 2000 and later obtained her MBA from the institution.