The Wellington Airport board announced that Matt Clarke will succeed Steve Sanderson as chief executive officer from May 1, 2022.

With international borders reopening and stability returning to the aviation industry, the board view this as a good opportunity for a smooth succession.

Peter Coman, Wellington Airport’s chair, said: “Steve signalled to the Board his interest in this transition some months ago, after ten years in the role as CEO. Steve has been an outstanding CEO since taking over the reins in 2012, leading many significant investments in the airport and delivering growth for our private and community shareholders alike.  I would like to thank Steve for his leadership and vision over this period, and particularly managing the airport through the difficult Covid period.

“In Matt Clarke we have an excellent leader to take over. We have worked closely with Matt over the last 16 years as a senior executive in the Infratil group and we are highly confident that he brings the leadership skill and experience needed for the role. The Board has long regarded Matt as a top-tier candidate, capable of taking Wellington Airport to the next level.”

Clarke has been at Wellington Airport since 2010 as chief commercial officer overseeing commercial operations and airline relationships and has played in key role in the strategic development of the business.