Hudson Signs On ACDBE Expert Anthony Brown

Anthony W. Brown, an attorney, government official and business executive with broad experience in air transportation and business diversity, has been named Vice President, Partner Relations & Business Diversity for Hudson Group.

Mr. Brown comes to Hudson from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Office of Civil Rights, where he was DBE External Program Manager for the Southern Region, responsible for the implementation, compliance and enforcement of the federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions DBE (ACDBE) programs outlined in the Dept. of Transportation’s Code of Federal Regulations 49 CFR Parts 23 and 26. These parts govern participation by disadvantaged business enterprises in DOT financial assistance programs.

Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Brown was a Senior Associate Partner with MGT of America, a nationwide research and consulting firm, where he specialized in managing disparity study projects across the United States. Before that, as Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority’s Vice President of Business Diversity, Human Resources and Government Affairs, he directed MSCAA’s federal, state and local business diversity programs and represented these program with the state and federal governments.

Mr. Brown has had extensive business experience, including senior level positions with Northwest Airlink, Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals, Time Warner and Harrah’s Entertainment. He also served as a Senior Trial Attorney for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and in private practice. In addition, Mr. Brown is very active with the Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC), having chaired numerous conferences for that group. He is the 2010 recipient of the AMAC Award of Chair, given for excellence and commitment to advancing principles of business diversity in airports. He is active with the American Association of Airport Executives, Tennessee Bar Association, Boy Scouts of America and the Mid-South Minority Business Council.

Noted Joe DiDomizio, President & CEO of Hudson Group: “We are delighted to have Anthony on the Hudson Group team. His vast knowledge and experience in the area of ACDBE regulations and compliance, combined with his legal and business background, provide our company with expertise and proper guidance in an area of our business that is directly connected to our growth and long-term success. As the industry leader in travel retailing, a seasoned, dedicated team of executive talent continues to be our key point of distinction, and Anthony is a welcome addition to our all-star lineup.”

Mr. Brown added: “I am very pleased to join this motivated group of consummate professionals who, in addition to making Hudson the industry leader in airport retail, have demonstrated a consistent and extraordinary commitment to diversity in every facet of the business.”

About Hudson Group: Hudson Group, the largest duty-paid travel retailer in North America, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of international duty-free travel retailer Dufry AG (DUFN) of Basel, Switzerland. Along with dozens of business partners, Hudson operates some 600 Hudson News, Hudson Booksellers, cafes and premier specialty retail shops in 70 airports and transportation terminals in the United States and Canada, and additional newsstands in 11 more countries around the world. The combined Dufry/Hudson entity oversees over 1,100 stores in 41 countries and 148 airports and terminals.

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