Cardiff Airport chief executive Jon Horne to step down in September

Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Jon Horne

Cardiff Airport chief executive Jon Horne will stand from the role next month.

The move was announced this morning. Mr Horne will leave the role on September 1.

It is  expected that the airport, which was acquired last year from Spanish conglomerate Abertis by the Welsh Government in a £52m, will  shortly announce a new interim chief executive.

It is likely that the new interim will be an existing executive at the airport.

The team includes operations director Debra Barber who joined the airport in 2012 after a successful career with the Royal Air Force.

She has impressed her fellow executives and the board of the airport and has demonstrated that she has the leadership skills if called on to take up the interim role to take the business forward.

However, any interim chief executive would have to then apply to take on the role in a full time capacity. No doubt that process will attract strong interest from executives in the airport sector from around the world.

Cardiff Airport chairman Lord Rowe-Beddoe, who made the announcement, said: “Jon has very successfully steered the airport through the first phase of our path to re-establishing its fortunes.

“This includes halting the decline in passenger numbers, establishing good and improving customer service and overseeing the physical transformation of the terminal as well as securing CityJet and the return of Ryanair to the airport.

“The Board is grateful to Jon for all that he has done in laying the foundations for our future, we have agreed that whilst he will not continue his executive role, he will be available to the Board as an advisor.”

Mr Horne said: “I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had to work with the great team at Cardiff Airport who have delivered very positive and significant change in a short space of time and it is a great credit to them.

“There is still much work to be done, but I have agreed with the Chairman that a new perspective will be beneficial for the next stage of development and as such I have concluded my executive involvement.”

Sourced by Wales Online

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