Technology Innovator Chris Runde Tapped as Principal Consultant



  • Technology


Technology Innovation

March 2, 2020

Ross & Baruzzini is pleased to announce the appointment of aviation industry veteran Chris Runde as principal consultant. His insight and experience will help clients solve their most complex business challenges while balancing innovation with tangible solutions.

Chris Runde, Principal Consultant &
Michael Zoia, VP - Director of Aviation

“Over the past 15 years, Chris has developed trusted relationships across the aviation industry and a track record of delivering exceptional technical and strategic solutions,” said Michael Zoiadirector of aviation. “His focus on innovation and keen awareness of the safety and security issues facing airports will enable us to build upon our leading position in the field.”

Providing leadership in the aviation industry for more than 15 years, Runde launched and directed the Airport Innovation Accelerator for the American Association of Airport Executives, a hub for airports, innovators, government leaders, and industry partners to advance innovative solutions in aviation. Before that, he led the government and transportation vertical for a venture-based security software company and served as a Federal employee at the Transportation Security Administration leading numerous critical initiatives including the Screening Gateway, ACIS (airport biometric credentialing), insider threat mitigation, and the first deployment of PreCheck as a core member of the risk-based Security team.

“Ross & Baruzzini is at the forefront of security technologies and operational consulting and I look forward to being part of this high-performance team where I can continue to follow my passion in emerging technology as a trusted thought leader for our clients and partners,” said Chris.

Runde holds a bachelor’s of science in system engineering from the University of Virginia.

Ross & Baruzzini: 35+ Years of Aviation Experience

Ross & Baruzzini’s experience in aviation technology consulting and engineering spans 35+ years and more than 250 airports around the globe. In 2017, it acquired CAGE, a leading aviation baggage handling consultant in the U.S. Together with CAGE, Ross & Baruzzini has earned a reputation for innovation and for delivering forward-thinking solutions that meet the creative vision of its clients.

About Ross & Baruzzini, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1953, Ross & Baruzzini is an international technology consulting and engineering firm continually ranked among the top companies in the nation. It provides advanced solutions in the healthcare, government, higher education, transportation and mission-critical sectors. With more than 400 employees, Ross & Baruzzini executes projects in 30 countries. Ross & Baruzzini operates from its headquarters in Saint Louis and maintains regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Miami, New Haven, New York, Seattle and Mexico City.

Headline photo courtesy of Atlanta Airport. 

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