Heathrow CEO announces resignation

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Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye has told the airport board that he is standing down after nine years.

He will leave in 2023, but Heathrow said he will remain in his post until a successor is appointed.

In a statement, Heathrow said: “The Board would like to thank John for his exceptional leadership since 2014, building a strong management team, developing a consumer-focused culture, improving cost efficiency and putting Heathrow at the forefront of global aviation’s decarbonisation.

“The transformation of the airport during John’s time as CEO has been recognised as Heathrow won a number of significant awards including: Sunday Times top 30 employer; one of the top 10 airports in the world (voted by passengers); and edie’s Sustainable Business of the Year Award.”

It said three of the most significant successes of John’s tenure were the development of the plan for Heathrow expansion, successfully navigating the business through the COVID-19 crisis and the recovery in demand, and his leadership ‘in putting aviation firmly on course for net zero by 2050’.

Chair Lord Deighton added: “John has been an extraordinary leader of Heathrow. During the past nine years, he has worked tirelessly and collaboratively with shareholders, ministers, airlines and other stakeholders to ensure the country can be proud of its ‘front door’.

“The Board would like to put on record our gratitude to John for his dedication and commitment to Heathrow throughout his tenure as CEO.” 

The Board has now initiated a selection process for John’s replacement.

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