Kenney sets leadership team for airport
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Airport leadership team set
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced Tuesday the leadership team at Philadelphia International Airport that will work with new airport CEO Chellie Cameron, whom Kenney on Dec. 3 appointed to the top job, effective after he officially becomes the city's leader on Jan. 4. Folasade "Sade" A. Olanipekun-Lewis, chief financial officer for City Council President Darrell L. Clarke, will shift to the newly created position of chief administration officer at the airport. Kenney retained Diego Rincon as deputy aviation director for capital development, overseeing construction and expansion. Keith J. Brune will continue as deputy aviation director for operations and facilities. Tracy Borda, the airport's acting chief financial officer, will keep that job permanently, Kenney said. Cameron, formerly chief operating officer, on Dec. 3 was selected by the mayor-elect to be the next CEO. On Nov. 30, airport CEO Mark Gale announced he would retire in January.
- Linda Loyd
Mack Trucks cutting 400 in Pa.
Mack Trucks said Tuesday it would lay off about 400 of its Lehigh Valley employees in late January, one of the largest local job cuts from the heavy-duty truck manufacturer since it decided to move its headquarters from the area to Greensboro, N.C., six years ago. The company began notifying employees at its plant Tuesday morning. Mack is owned by Sweden-based Volvo Group. - Allentown Morning Call
Temple hospital CEO leaving
Temple University Hospital's chief executive, John N. Kastanis, will leave March 1 to for a job as CEO of University Hospital in Newark, N.J., Temple University Health System announced Tuesday. University has 519 beds and is the primary teaching hospital for Rutgers University's New Jersey Medical School. Kastanis took over at Temple University Hospital on an interim basis in December 2011, and was appointed CEO permanently the following August. "By virtually every metric, John leaves TUH a stronger and more vibrant academic hospital than it was when he arrived," said Larry R. Kaiser, CEO of Temple's health system. - Harold Brubaker
Getting a charge at the airport
Drivers of electric cars now can charge their vehicles at the public parking lots at Philadelphia International Airport, the Philadelphia Parking Authority announced Tuesday. Seven stations capable of charging 14 electric vehicles at any time have been installed: two on Level 1 in Garage C, two on Level 1 in Garage D, and three in the Economy Lot next to the airport toll plaza. Charging will be free until April 1. After that, it may still be free, or there may be a $1 to $5 fee above the normal cost of parking in the lots, Parking Authority spokesman Martin O'Rourke said. The plug-in and charge stations will be operated by ChargePoint. More information is available on the ChargePoint app or at www.chargepoint.com.
- Linda Loyd
CHOP selects new COO
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia named Douglas G. Hock as its new executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective Feb. 1, the hospital said Tuesday. Hock, a Philadelphia native, is president and chief operating officer of Children's Medical Center Dallas, which is part of the Children's Health System of Texas, a medical firm with $1.1 billion in annual revenue. Hock managed a 428-bed hospital and opened a 72-bed satellite location in Texas. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's previous second in command, Madeline Bell, succeeded Steven M. Altschuler as chief executive July 1.
- Harold Brubaker
Kohl's retail sprint to the finish
Kohl's on Tuesday announced a bid to win the holiday shopping dollars of procrastinators and night owls. The department store plans to stay open for 170 straight hours, starting Thursday at 7 a.m. and wrapping up at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. This is not the first year Kohl's has stayed open around the clock in the run-up to the holidays, but the chain is getting an even earlier jump this year, after launching on Dec. 19 the previous year. Kohl's says the move is aimed at adding convenience for time-starved shoppers. The company said it has stuck with this strategy because it has received positive feedback from customers. But the marathon hours also likely reflect the intensity of the fight for shoppers' dollars. - Washington Post
U.S., Cuba near flight accord
The United States and Cuba are close to an agreement on restoring regularly scheduled commercial flights between the countries, a senior American diplomat said Tuesday, as talks on the matter were ongoing. Jeffrey DeLaurentis, who heads the U.S. embassy in Havana, described an aviation deal as one of several in reach for the former Cold War foes in their wide-ranging discussions to improve relations. The Obama administration has been trying to wrap up an agreement on flights before the year's end. - Associated Press
Paris mansion sells for world record $301 million
A mansion outside Paris fetched a world-record price of more than 275 million euros ($301 million), two sources said. Château Louis XIV was sold to a Middle Eastern buyer, the sources said, asking not to be named because the sale was private. Christie's International Real Estate was involved in brokering the deal. Cogemad, which developed the building, and Christie's declined to comment. The villa is in a 56-acre park between Versailles and Marly-le-Roi and took three years to build, according to Cogemad's website. The house includes an aquarium, cinema, and wine cellar, and outside is a fountain covered in gold leaf. - Bloomberg News