Los Angeles World Airports Announces Two New Executive Appointments

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles World Airports, which owns and operates LAX and Van Nuys Airport, announced appointments today for the positions chief human capital and equity officer and deputy executive director of public safety and security.

Louis Gutierrez, who has executive and attorney experience from serving in senior human resources, legal and other administrative roles for many prominent companies, was named chief human capital and equity officer, effective Thursday. His previous experience includes working for Paramount Pictures, The Walt Disney Company, Time Warner Cable, Turner Broadcasting, The Port of Long Beach, AltaMed Health Services and USC. He will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of LAWA human capital functions and diversity, equity, and inclusively programs and initiatives.

Martin Elam, who LAWA described as an accomplished homeland security executive, will begin his position as LAWA deputy executive director of public safety and security on March 14. He will oversee local, state and federal law enforcement partnerships, intelligence analysis, threat assessments, LAWA's badge office and other initiatives for safety and security.

Elam's most recent experience is as executive director for domestic aviation operations at the Transportation Security Administration's headquarters in Virginia. He also worked with the TSA's Security Executive Service for a decade. He has worked in Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles, including as a deputy federal security director for TSA at LAX.

``As Los Angeles World Airports continues on its transformational journey, the additions of Louis Gutierrez and Martin Elam will help us recruit and retain world-class talent, ensure that jobs and contract awards at LAX and (the Van Nuys Airport) are more representative of Los Angeles demographics and keep safety and security as our first priority,'' LAWA CEO Justin Erbacci said.

``Both of these executives bring decades of deep experience and insight to these roles, which will help deliver on our promise to provide gold- standard service to the traveling public,'' Erbacci added.

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