Engineering Innovator Arup Names New Global Aviation Leader

With decades of experience, Susan Baer will lead strategic planning and master planning for some of the biggest aviation projects in the world.

Arup, a leader in interdisciplinary engineering, consulting, and design services, has announced Susan Baer has been named Global Aviation Business Leader. With a comprehensive knowledge of the field—and its future—she brings an exceptional set of qualifications to the role. Baer's predecessor, Peter Budd, is retiring, and will continue to support the aviation team in an advisory capacity. 

"The aviation team at Arup is without equal, led by exceptional professionals in the regions where expert aviation teams plan, design, and commission the best airports in the world," said Baer. "I look forward to continuing the vision for global aviation established by Peter Budd, whose leadership, business acumen, and client understanding were unparalleled."

Baer joined Arup in 2013, heading up its aviation business in the Americas region and directing global aviation planning. Through her superior negotiation and communication skills, she ensures that collaborations between planners, engineers, airport operators, and airlines are focused on the successful delivery of projects in the best interests of all stakeholders. 

In her new position, Baer will capitalize on one of Arup's key resources: its ability to mobilize its experts around the world. The firm is a local as well as a global presence, bringing people together in various locations throughout the world to produce universally beneficial work. Baer will harness the firm's pockets of different capabilities worldwide, and then strategically deploy Arup's collective expertise in pursuit of shaping a better world. Arup's aviation projects currently under development include some of the biggest new airport projects ever undertaken, such as the Abu Dhabi International Airport, Heathrow Terminal 2, Hong Kong International Midfield Concourse, Perth Airport, and Taoyuan Terminal 3 (Taiwan).

Previously, Baer spent 37 years with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, where as Director of Aviation she oversaw the safe, efficient, and profitable operation of the busiest airport system in the U.S. There, her diverse achievements ranged from managing a $2.3 billion operating budget to negotiating airport-based retail developments to implementing a model customer service program.  Baer was the first person in the agency's 92-year history to manage each of its major airports: JFK International, LaGuardia, Newark Liberty International, and Teterboro.

Such unmatched credentials provide Baer with a keen command of all aspects of the aviation business. She is leveraging this experience to bring a new perspective to Arup's well-established aviation competencies, including planning, security, IT, operations planning, strategic and business services, acoustics, operations readiness and training, transaction advice, and more. In a series of short videos posted to Arup's online magazine, Doggerel, Baer shares her thoughts on the state of airport design today and in the future.

"From airports to airlines and private customers, fulfilling the needs of our diverse clients is the most exciting part of this role," said Baer. "It is my goal as Global Aviation Business Leader to make sure that Arup's vast global skills and capabilities continue to evolve to meet the needs of this dynamic, ever-changing industry."

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