After nine years as CEO of Heathrow Airport, John Holland-Kaye has informed the Board of his intention to stand down as CEO during 2023.

The Board thanked Holland-Kaye for his leadership, ‘building a strong management team, developing a consumer-focused culture, improving cost efficiency and putting Heathrow at the forefront of global aviation’s decarbonisation’. During Holland-Kaye’s time as CEO, Heathrow won a number of awards, being named a Sunday Times top 30 employer; one of the top ten airports in the world (voted by passengers); and edie’s Sustainable Business of the Year Award.

According to the Board, the most significant successes of Holland-Kaye’s tenure included the development of a plan for Heathrow expansion that secured overwhelming Parliamentary approval, 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.

Lord Deighton, Chair of Heathrow Airport, said: “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 Holland-Kaye’s replacement. He will remain as CEO until his successor starts in post.

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