Airports announced that Tatiana Starostina has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Starostina began Jan. 21 and replaced Ryan Yakubik, who left Airports late last year for a position in the private sector.
“Tatiana Starostina is a well-established and highly regarded aviation finance executive and we are excited to welcome her to Los Angeles World Airports,” said Justin Erbacci, interim chief executive officer, Airports. “Ms. Starostina brings a strong reputation and high credibility, as well as significant experience, expertise and leadership skills to the CFO position – which will help LAWA continue to lead the way for strategic financing of our projects and exemplary credit ratings for our airports.”
Starostina brings more than 16 years of experience in the aviation industry to Airports. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director of Aviation – Business and Strategy at the Port of Oakland, leading the departments of Aviation Properties, Ground Transportation, Parking, Marketing and Air Service Development, and oversaw the Terminal Food & Beverage and Retail Concessions redevelopment program. She previously served as the Port of Oakland’s Manager of Financial Planning and helped maintain Oakland International Airport’s strong financial footing and modernize the airport’s ratemaking methodology. Prior to her positions at the Port of Oakland, Starostina worked at the Port of Portland as the Sr. Manager for Financial Analysis and Projects. As United Airlines’ Regional Manager for Airport Affairs, Corporate Real Estate, she was charged with managing United’s airport affairs and a portfolio of large and medium hub airports. She negotiated airport-airline agreements in stations that were undergoing substantial terminal development programs that required significant changes in airline operations and business arrangements, including new rate making methodologies, and served on Airline-Airport Affairs Committees, overseeing capital improvement programs.
Starostina serves as the chair of the Airport Airline Business Working Group of the Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA) Finance Committee, where she organized several conference panels and directed the analysis of the declining trends in Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) collections in support of the industry efforts to advocate for the modernization of the PFC legislation. She was named the Medium Airport Finance Professional of the Year by ACI-NA in 2019.
Starostina holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in analytical finance, strategy, accounting and decision science. She was named the Medium Airport Finance Professional of the Year by ACI-NA in 2019.