Paul A. Brown

Paul Brown brings more than 25 years of airport commercial development to his current role as CEO of the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA).

Since starting in Jackson, Mississippi in January 2020, Brown has significantly developed new air service by securing Southwest Airlines’ seven flights per day at Jackson Medgar-Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN). He also completed several substantial airfield capital projects, including the rehabilitation of two major runways at both JAN and Hawkins Field Airport. All these achievements have occurred while actively managing the financial viability of the JMAA throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining JMAA, Brown was the assistant general manager for commercial development at Hartsfield- Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), where he oversaw air service development, properties and airline affairs, concessions and advertising, parking, external real estate development, and innovation.

In 2012, as Director of Concessions in ATL, he led the design, evaluation and selection process for the world’s largest single airport concessions’request for proposals (RFP). This RFP featured 152 pre-existing and new spaces for retail, as well as food and beverage in the atrium and on all seven (7) concourses throughout the Airport. Brown is regarded as one of the industry’s leaders in analysis, forecasting and trending.

Brown has also worked at Seattle-Tacoma (SEA), Chicago-O’Hare (ORD) and Washington-Reagan National (DCA) airports. As an executive for various private operators, Mr. Brown also ran successful retail concessions at ATL, Louis Armstrong New Orleans (MSY), Los Angeles (LAX), Denver (DEN), Houston-Bush Intercontinental (IAH), Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP), Birmingham-Shuttlesworth  (BHM),  and  Jacksonville (JAX) airports, as well as other smaller airports and metropolitan hotels.

Brown is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University where he earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and  Business,  and  a  Master’s  degree  in  Business Administration with focus in finance.

About JMAA

The  Jackson  Municipal  Airport  Authority  (JMAA), Mississippi,  USA  operates  two  airports:  Jackson- Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) and Hawkins Field Airport (HKS).

JAN is the busiest airport in Mississippi, situated in the Central part of the state and serving the Capital region of Jackson with over 3,000 acres of property. JAN has service to several of the world’s busiest global hubs and is home to the Mississippi Air National Guard 172nd Airlift Wing.

HKS is a general aviation airport that houses two emergency response medical air transporters and the Civil Air Patrol. It is also home to the Mississippi Army National Guard 185th Aviation Brigade.