Atlantic Aviation appoints Jeff Foland to succeed Lou Pepper as CEO


Jeff Foland and Lou Pepper

Atlantic Aviation has appointed Jeff Foland to succeed Lou Pepper as CEO, effective August 14th, 2023. Pepper has served as Atlantic Aviation’s CEO for more than 30 years and will fully focus on his role as a member of Atlantic Aviation’s board of directors.

Foland brings nearly three decades of experience in the aviation, travel and transportation industries, including serving as a senior executive at United Airlines and Hertz Global Holdings for many years. He joins Atlantic Aviation from The Parking Spot, the largest near-airport parking operator and real-estate owner in the US, where he was president and CEO since 2018. 

“Jeff is a highly accomplished and innovative leader with a strong track record of overseeing growth at industry-leading companies and a deep commitment to providing an unmatched customer experience,” said Dash Lane, partner at KKR; an investor in Atlantic. “These characteristics make Jeff a great fit to lead Atlantic Aviation as the company accelerates its investments in safety, industry-leading hospitality, technology and sustainability to deliver best-in-class service and long-term growth.” 

Foland said: “I am delighted to join Atlantic Aviation at an exciting time in the company’s history. The company is in a very strong position thanks to the foundation and growth that has been built under Lou’s leadership, and I deeply admire the organization’s dedication to providing customers with the highest levels of safety and quality service.”

Under Pepper’s leadership, Atlantic Aviation has grown from 16 FBOs into one of the leading networks of FBO operators in the world with more than 100 locations in strategic markets. Lane said: “On behalf of the board and the entire Atlantic Aviation family, I would like to thank Lou for his exceptional leadership over the past 30 years. As a result of Lou’s long-standing service, Atlantic Aviation is in the strongest position in its history, and I am confident that the company will continue to thrive under Jeff’s leadership. We are very pleased that Lou plans to continue to contribute his deep experience as a member of Atlantic’s board.”