Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) appointed Karen Tozer as concessions manager of the agency, which manages Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and other city airports.

Her responsibilities include oversight and management of all concessions operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), according to an airport source.

She has served in an interim capacity since March 2005.

Tozer joined Los Angeles World Airports in September 2000 and assumed the role of cargo property manager, overseeing the real estate operations for the 2.1 million square feet of space in 28 cargo buildings at LAX.

She also served as senior staff to the chief operating officer for more than three years, primarily as the liaison for business development and revenue divisions.

Prior to joining Los Angeles World Airports, she served for more than nine years as a marketing manager for the Port of Los Angeles, promoting use of port facilities.

Tozer also served as the cruise manager, coordinating the port’s marketing efforts with those of cruise ship lines and travel agents.

In 1994, the port attained its designation as a foreign trade zone under Tozer’s guidance, which enhances the city’s ability to promote international business, boost local industry and create new jobs.

In 1998, she was appointed as the first director of international trade in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, where she was charged with establishing marketing strategies to promote expanding global trade opportunities for economic enter- prises in Los Angeles.

A licensed U.S. Customs broker, Tozer is active in various civic and professional organizations, including the Foreign Trade Association of Southern California, World Trade Center and Women in International Trade.

She also has transferred her work experience into the academic arena, teaching global logistics classes for several schools and organizations.

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