Dan Cappell has over 25 years’ experience with the airport commercial environment. Dan joined LeighFisher in August 2018 and is involved in projects with Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall, John Wayne, Ontario (California), and Phoenix Sky Harbor international airports. Dan’s core focus is assisting airports with their nonaeronautical strategy, business models and financial projects, customer experience, and marketing promotional strategic alignment.
Prior to Joining LeighFisher, he spent 22 years at Nestle SA where he set up and established Nestle International Travel Retail, the only global operational business unit within the Nestle Group. In 2002 Dan was appointed as the Deputy Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Duty Free and In-Flight Catering before being appointed in 2006 as General Manager Operations for Aer Rianta International Middle East which operates across multiple Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Dan returned to Abu Dhabi in 2007 as Senior Vice President Commercial for the newly formed Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) before becoming the acting Chief Commercial Officer for ADAC in 2014. Dan was responsible for the development and execution of the commercial strategy for the new Abu Dhabi Midfield terminal that is due to open in 2020. Dan is a veteran speaker at industry conferences and served on the Board of the Tax-Free World Association and the Middle East Duty Free Association.