Ferrovial Airports appoints Shawn Kinder as global Corporate Development and Strategy Director


  • Kinder will lead the next phase of Ferrovial Airport’s growth
  • The new Corporate Development and Strategy Director has over 20 years of international experience in the industry

Ferrovial, through its Airports division, has appointed Shawn Kinder as global
Corporate Development and Strategy Director. Mr. Kinder, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, will lead the next phase of the Airport division growth as it seeks to expand its worldwide presence in the sector and promote sustainable, efficient, and safe facilitation of air travel. In this role, to be based in the Netherlands, he will report to Ferrovial Airports CEO Luke Bugeja.

Most recently, Mr Kinder has been helping to build the aviation financial advisory practice at Solomon Partners. Examples include having advised Aecon on the sale of a participation in the Bermuda L.F. Wade International Airport, and assisted an airline on its financial partnership in a new terminal development. He previously spent 19 years at aviation advisory firm Ricondo, working on several of the world’s largest infrastructure development and business planning efforts at airports such as Chicago O’Hare, Abu Dhabi, Manchester, Nairobi, and Keflavik, while advising investors and government agencies on transactions in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe. Mr. Kinder earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University and Northwestern University.

“Shawn brings a wealth of international experience and in-depth knowledge in some of the world’s most competitive aviation markets. He will be instrumental in our ambitions to be a leader in driving the growth of our business, which provides high-quality infrastructure that facilitates air travel to millions of people, now and in the future. I am delighted to welcome him to our team,” said Bugeja.

“Ferrovial Airports today is a culmination of deep, historical sector expertise with a recognition that successful aviation infrastructure is aligned with its users’ needs. The diversity of the existing portfolio reflects this, and we will focus on recognizing that all airports are local, no matter their level of connectivity to the world. I am extremely excited to join Luke and the team and work closely with our airline, airport, community, and investment partners,” said Kinder.

Ferrovial Airports has been in the aviation sector since 1998 and has 25 years of experience in the investment, development, and operation of 36 airports worldwide, including the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Chile.

In 2022, Ferrovial became the lead consortium investor for the transformative New Terminal One (NTO) project at John F. Kennedy International Airport. NTO is poised to be JFK’s largest international terminal and a leading global gateway to and from New York once construction is completed by 2030. Ferrovial also has four airports in the United Kingdom. With a 25% stake, it is Heathrow Airport’s main shareholder and owns 50% of Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Southampton airports. It also owns 60% of Turkey’s Dalaman International Airport and created Ferrovial Vertiports, a leader in developing the infrastructure needed to operate electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles (eVTOLs) in the United States and Europe.


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