Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge was appointed Director of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay in the fall of 2009 and assumed the job in January 2010.
The Airport is the primary air carrier facility for the St. Louis region handling nearly 13 million passengers annually. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge manages 500 employees with revenues averaging 165 million dollars annually. She is also Chairwoman of the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission.
Prior to Lambert, Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge logged 25 years in aviation management positions with American Airlines, Trans World Airlines (TWA) and Ozark Air Lines; a majority of her career has been based in St. Louis, Missouri. Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge was most recently the Managing Director of American Airlines’ St. Louis operation, a position she held beginning in 2002. Before the American and TWA merger, she held the position of Vice President of TWA’s North American Operations, responsible for an $800 million budget encompassing 100 airports and 8,000 TWA employees.
Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge’s airline management resume began in 1984 as a customer service agent for Ozark Airlines in New York City. Ozark’s merger with TWA brought her to the St. Louis hub where she took on roles of Supervisor Administration, Ramp Supervisor, Manager Passenger Services and ultimately into high-level operations management positions which required negotiations with airports in areas of leases, operations, renovations and security.
Ms. Hamm-Niebruegge is engaged in numerous St. Louis business and civic organizations. She is Chairman of the Advisory Board of John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University. She also serves as a board member for the Regional Commerce and Growth Association (RCGA), the International Women’s Forum, Christian Hospital (BJC) and the St. Louis Civic Pride Foundation. She previously served in executive board positions for Variety, The Children’s Charity and Habitat for Humanity.