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PHL Names Appulingam As Chief Development Officer

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) has promoted Api Appulingam to the position of chief development officer. The airport also announced the promotions of Mike Morris to vice president of IT client engagement and Keesha Lane to director of community engagement and outreach. In addition, Milaris Florian has been brought in as its new director of safety management systems (SMS)

Appulingam has served as deputy director of aviation-capital development, which makes critical improvements and develops new infrastructure at both PHL and PNE. through architectural, engineering, environmental, planning and sustainability projects.

Under her leadership, PHL became the first airport in Pennsylvania to achieve Level 2 ‘Reduction’ as part of the Airport Carbon Accreditation program. Prior to joining DOA in 2019, Appulingam served as Philadelphia office leader for RS&H, a provider of architecture, engineering and consulting services.

“We’re excited to have this level of expertise on our team at DOA,” said Atif Saeed, CEO of PHL and PNE. “All of these individuals have years of experience within these important areas of technology, safety, and community engagement. Their work will be critical as we prepare to make sure our airports deliver great experiences to all travelers especially as we head into the high-profile events starting with Wrestlemania next month and leading into all those coming to Philadelphia in 2026.”