Paul Kehoe has today announced that he is set to step down from his role as chief executive of Birmingham Airport after nine years in the role.
Kehoe has led a substantial transformation at Birmingham Airport since he joined the business in October 2008, with passenger numbers growing from 9.5 million to 12 million in the year to March 2017.
More recently, he has been increasingly involved in successfully promoting the West Midlands Region as chairman of Marketing Birmingham, president of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and in a new capacity as chairman of the West Midlands Growth Company.
With the recently formed Combined Authority and the appointment of a West Midlands Mayor, by stepping down from the Airport, Kehoe will now be able to focus on his regional commitments.
Kehoe said: “It has been a privilege to serve the people of the West Midlands by leading their Airport at this exceptional time. I planned originally to stay only for five years, but the challenge became so exciting that I stayed for another four.
"In every role there is a natural business cycle, and after delivering significant airline and passenger growth, completing all the major development projects which resulted in a doubling of the profit, generating significant dividends for shareholders and the region, I feel it is time for the next generation to take the business forward.”
John Hudson, chairman of Birmingham Airport, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our grateful thanks to Paul for the tremendous contribution he has made to Birmingham Airport during the last nine years.
"Under his leadership, the Airport has built relationships with new carriers, grown passenger numbers to more than 12m, and delivered significant economic value to the region.
"His connections with the local community set Paul apart as a true industry leader. He leaves with our strong support and the highest admiration for his commitment to Birmingham Airport and the West Midlands.”
Since his appointment, Paul’s key achievements include:
In addition, under Paul’s leadership the Airport has been awarded: