Robert Gilbert, Chief Development Officer

Robert “Bob” Gilbert was appointed Chief Development Officer (CDO) in November 2016.  He is responsible for leading and coordinating the planning and delivery of all elements of the LAWA capital program, including the Landside Access Modernization Program (LAMP) and the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Capital Improvement Program (CIP). He also serves as the Program Executive for LAMP, and oversees the Planning and Development Group and Environmental Programs.

Professional Experience

Mr. Gilbert is an aviation professional with over 40 years’ experience in areas across aviation and airport management.  Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Gilbert served as Sr. Vice President and Regional Manager for the Greater Chicago region at Landrum & Brown.  In this role, he worked closely with Chicago Department of Aviation executive staff, and led the L&B team responsible for supporting the Department’s sustainability and environmental programs in addition to its noise management office. This team was also responsible for terminal redevelopment initiatives at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).

Mr. Gilbert has also served as Program Manager for the Operational Readiness Program at King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA), where he developed training programs to familiarize staff with the airport’s new $7.8 billion infrastructure, including its automated people mover (APM).  He has served as Deputy Executive Director of Facilities for the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) and as Deputy Program Manager for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Before these roles, Mr. Gilbert served as Program Manager for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Improvement Plan, where he led the consulting firms that developed the LAX Master Plan and its associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

Educational Background

Mr. Gilbert earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from Troy State University, and completed post-graduate studies in Program Management at George Washington University.  He earned a Bachelor of Science in General Studies (Engineering) from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

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