Airport chief Kehoe takes on Chamber presidency

Airport chief Kehoe takes on Chamber presidency

Paul Kehoe is taking over as Birmingham Chamber president with a three-point pledge for his two-year term, citing the importance of getting the city’s name out ‘post-Brexit’.

The chief executive of Birmingham Airport is succeeding Greg Lowson, head of office at lawyers Pinsent Masons in Birmingham, at today’s Chamber annual meeting at University College Birmingham.

He said: “My theme is going to be geography, scale and our place in the world. I took that decision when I was interviewed for the position three years ago and it seems to have been quite prophetic given what has happened with Brexit, the Combined Authority and Midlands Engine.

“We now have a very different role in the world outside Europe; to get people from around the world saying how good we are and stating the Birmingham city region is the place to do business.

“The bigger the conglomeration the greater the success is likely to be. But there is now a great opportunity for Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country Chambers to work together.

“We now have an even stronger common purpose with the Black Country and Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers with the West Midlands Combined Authority now in place together.”

Paul Faulkner, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful for Greg’s unstinting support for the Chamber, which he has undertaken with great commitment alongside a very busy job.

“We are lucky that he has agreed to remain on the board so we have not lost his knowledge and experience. We are also lucky in attracting a man of the calibre of Paul Kehoe, already an important figure in the fortunes of the Midlands.

“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Paul and working with him for a number of years through his position as chief executive of Birmingham Airport, as well as a Trustee of the Lord Mayor’s Charity and more recently on the Chamber Board, where he has been extremely positive and supportive of our continual drive to evolve the Chamber and strive for excellence in all that we do.

“Paul is a regional business leader with a global perspective, and as such is perfectly positioned to take on the President’s role at the Chamber at this moment in time.”