Cardiff Airport announces new Chief Executive Officer

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Cardiff Airport has announced that it has filled its vacant Chief Executive Officer position.

Taking on the high profile executive travel job will be Debra Barber, who joined the airport in May 2012 as its Operations Director before becoming the Interim Managing Director in September 2014 and the Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer in December 2015.

Prior to this, she worked in the Royal Air Force for 28 years during which time she was its Group Captain and led the Air Traffic Control operation, while she is also a member of the Board of the Airport Operators’ Association, Vice Chair of the Regional and Business Airports Group (RABA) and a Member of the Institute of Directors.

Speaking about the news, Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: "This appointment recognises the outstanding results Debra has delivered since becoming Managing Director in 2015 and on behalf of the Board I thank Debra and her colleagues for all they have done.

“We are hugely ambitious for Cardiff Airport and we have a significant strategy for growth. Over the course of the coming months the Board will make further announcements on how we are strengthening our teams to ensure we continue to deliver the best possible airport for our passengers."

Barber’s new role will see her take responsibility of the airport’s long term sustainable growth strategy after being named the fastest growing UK airport in 2016.

Among its plans for 2017, Iberia Express will begin a new service from Cardiff to Madrid, while Blue Islands will fly to Guernsey, Flybe will operate to Rome and Ryanair will introduce a flight to Faro.

Cardiff Airport also revealed that it experienced a positive start to 2017 with year-on-year passenger growth reaching ten per cent in January.

Elsewhere, Trainline also recently made changes to its senior team by appointing Mark Brooker as its new Chief Operating Officer.

He joins from Betfair where he was its Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director and was previously the Managing Director of Corporate Broking at Morgan Stanley and the Director of Corporate Broking at Merrill Lynch.

By Owen Mckeon