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New Terminal One at JFK Builds Out Executive Leadership Team With New Key Hires

QUEENS, NY — The New Terminal One (NTO) — a privately financed $9.5 billion consortium led by Ferrovial, JLC Infrastructure, Ullico, and Carlyle — announces four key hires supporting the design, development, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of a terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The new members joining NTO's executive leadership include Simon Gandy, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer; Manoj Patel, Chief Financial Officer (CFO); Sarah El-Batanouny, Chief People Officer; and Julie Cho, General Counsel.
Simon Gandy
Gandy joins The New Terminal One as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, bringing more than 30 years of experience developing and leading airport businesses in the UK and Australia. Most recently, Gandy was the Chief of Infrastructure at Melbourne Airport, where he led all aspects of the company's investment portfolio from strategy through to operations at one of Australia's busiest airports.

"Joining the New Terminal One is an amazing opportunity to be a part of one of the largest public-private partnerships ever completed in the United States," Gandy said. "I am looking forward to working with the New York community and our partners to shape the international front door to this iconic city into a world-class experience we are all proud of."

NTO also announces Patel as its new CFO. Patel comes to the role with 22 years of executive experience in the aviation industry. He is also a veteran of JFK, having previously served at existing Terminal 1 as the Executive Director of Finance, where he successfully grew the terminal's financial and operational profile.

"The New Terminal One is a monumental undertaking. I am honored to be a part of this incredible team," Patel said. "It is great to be taking my talents back to John F. Kennedy International Airport, and I look forward to delivering successful outcomes and providing financial expertise as we move this project forward."

NTO has also brought on El-Batanouny as Chief People Officer. El-Batanouny has 25 years as a strategic, growth-oriented people management executive, most recently as Chief People Officer at a tech startup that utilizes artificial intelligence to connect companies to talent.

"I am beyond excited to join the New Terminal One team as the Chief People Officer and help reimagine the international passenger experience at JFK," El-Batanouny said. "I am also thrilled that I will be returning to my roots of hiring and building teams, as well as creating opportunities for local, minority-owned, woman-owned, and service-disabled veteran-owned businesses."

Cho joins NTO as General Counsel. An experienced executive and legal advisor, Cho previously served as General Counsel for both The Lam Group and Lam Generation, two minority-owned real estate developers with a combined New York City footprint of over 1.5 million square feet.

"The New Terminal One is a once-in-a-generation infrastructure project that will have a significant impact on the local community and revolutionize the standard for travel to and from the U.S.," Cho said. "I look forward to leading legal efforts as part of this great team."

"In order to build and operate a world-class terminal, you need world-class talent. Each of the new members of our growing NTO team comes with extensive, valuable, and necessary expertise to this project," said Gerrard P. Bushell, Ph.D., President and CEO of the New Terminal One. "We are excited to welcome a talented group of individuals who will be major contributors to our consortium, as we continue to build a new gateway to the world's greatest city."

The new hires come as The New Terminal One continues advancing its design and construction. The New Terminal One officially broke ground this past September and construction is underway. The terminal will be built in phases, with the arrivals and departures halls and 14 new gates opening in 2026 and completion of nine additional gates by 2030.