The Board of Directors of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited determines long-term strategy, ensures that the Company acts ethically, has the necessary resources to meet its objectives, monitors performance, and meets its responsibilities as a major airport company. View brief resumés below.
Lord Deighton, Non-Executive Chairman
Lord Deighton was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman on 22 June 2016. He is best known for delivering the 2012 London Olympic Games to international acclaim as CEO of LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games), enhancing the UK’s reputation for infrastructure service delivery and generating national pride. More recently, he was Commercial Secretary to the Treasury and was responsible for the UK’s National Infrastructure Plan, focussing on getting major projects built, benefits captured, attracting capital into the UK from across the world and creating the right environment for continued infrastructure investment. Lord Deighton also had a very successful career at Goldman Sachs and will now guide Heathrow through its next phase of development, supporting Heathrow’s vision of giving passengers the best airport service in the world and preparing for the Government’s decision on airport expansion.
Akbar Al Baker, Non-Executive Director
Akbar Al Baker was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2013. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways since 1997. He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar Hamad International Airport (formerly known under the project name New Doha International Airport), which is scheduled to open in phases from April 2013.
Mr. Al Baker is a graduate of Commerce and Economics and holds a private pilot licence. He is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar's national airline - being Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Executive, Oryx Rotana Hotel and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company.
Ahmed Al-Hammadi, Non-Executive Director
Ahmed Al-Hammadi is Head of the Active Investments department for the Qatar Investment Authority. He oversees QIA’s direct sector teams as well as fund investments in the Equity, Fixed Income, Hedge Funds, Private Equity and Real Estate asset classes. Prior to joining QIA, Ahmed worked at EFG-Hermes a regional asset manager and before that at consulting firm Booz & Co. advising financial services clients on strategy, private equity investment opportunities, and organization structures. Ahmed is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has obtained his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Stuart Baldwin, Non-Executive Director
Stuart Baldwin was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2008. Stuart is Senior Vice President of the Global Infrastructure Group of GIC Special Investments. He is also a Non-Executive Director of UK water company Kelda Holdings Ltd, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Budapest Airport Zrt.
Chris Beale, Non-Executive Director
Chris Beale was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2011. He is the Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners, an independent investment firm with over $7.4 billion in equity commitments to infrastructure investments. Alinda's investors are predominantly pension funds for public sector and private sector employees. Prior to founding Alinda in 2005, he led the world’s largest infrastructure finance business as global head of project finance at Citigroup. He was also global head of project finance at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.
Professor David Begg, Non-Executive Director
David Begg was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. He has extensive expertise in the transport sector and is a Non Executive Board Member of FirstGroup; Chairman of the Northern Way Transport Compact; Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Commission, Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership, a member of the High Speed Rail 2 External Challenge Group; adviser to the Greater Manchester Transport Executive; Publisher and contributor at Transport Times magazine; and Visiting Professor in Sustainable Transport at Plymouth University.
He was previously Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, an independent advisory body to the Government; and Chairman of Tube Lines, the company responsible for maintenance and upgrade work on three London Underground lines.
María Casero, Non-Executive Director
María Casero is People, Communication and Asset Management director for the Ferrovial Airports and Ferrovial Power Infrastructure. She joined the Group in 2008. María has more than 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry in Europe, Latin America and the United States. Before joining Ferrovial, she was the Human Resources and Internal Communications Director at Carlson Wagonlit Spain. Between 1992 and 2006, she held various leadership positions in British Airways, She began her professional career as an Accounting Manager at American Airlines.
Olivier Fortin, Non-Executive Director
Olivier Fortin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 27 October 2015. He is a director in the CDPQ team based in London and is an experienced asset manager and infrastructure investor in the UK and Continental Europe. Previously he was working with AMP Capital, and prior to that with MAp Airports and Macquarie Capital Funds. He has been involved with Brussels, Copenhagen, Bristol, Rome and Newcastle airports. He also sits on the board of Eurostar and the supervisory board of Budapest Airport
Jorge Gil, Non-Executive Director
Jorge Gil was appointed a Non-Executive Director in December 2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos. Jorge joined the Ferrovial group in 2001, as the Structured Finance Director (until 2007) and then the Corporate and Business Development Director (2007-2010) of Cintra. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Cintra and a Board member of various companies (407-ETR, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road and SH-130).
In November 2010 he joined the financial department of Ferrovial as Capital Markets and Finance Director of Ferrovial, with responsibility for the financing and treasury of the group and for the Investor Relations Department. Jorge began his career in the banking industry at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Spain, working in Corporate Finance and M&A.
Rt. Hon Ruth Kelly, Non-Executive Director
The Rt. Hon Ruth Kelly has been appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Director with effect 8 April 2019. Ms Kelly’s previous roles include Secretary of State for Transport and Financial Secretary to the Treasury and thus brings a wealth of political, transport and financial expertise to Heathrow. This will help Heathrow build on its role as the UK’s only hub airport – providing new trading global links post-Brexit and delivering world class passenger service.
Rachel Lomax, Non-Executive Director
Rachel Lomax was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. She has 40 years' experience in policy making, at the heart of the British economy. Rachel served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 until 2008. Before joining the Bank, she was Permanent Secretary of three government departments, including the Department of Work and Pensions and the Welsh Office as well as the Department for Transport. Her earlier career was spent at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the World Bank. Rachel is also a Non-Executive Director of HSBC.
Ernesto López Mozo, Non-Executive Director
Ernesto López Mozo was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2009. He is Ferrovial’s Chief Financial Officer. Ernesto joined Ferrovial from Telefonica, having previously held positions at JP Morgan and Santander.
Mike Powell, Non-Executive Director
Mike Powell was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2014. Mike is Head of Private Markets Group of USS Investment Management (USSIM), which is the wholly investment management subsidiary of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). USS is the principal pension fund for the UK university sector with in excess of 250,000 members and approximately £40 billion in assets. USS currently has approximately £10 billion invested across private equity and debt, infrastructure and property. Mike has overall responsibility for the Private Markets Group and is Chairman of the Private Markets Investment Committee. He is also a member of the USSIM Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee. Mike has served as a director on a number of portfolio company boards for USS as well as a number of advisory boards for private equity and infrastructure funds. Mike is also a member of the British Venture Capital Association Limited Partner Advisory Committee.
David Xie, Non-Executive Director
David Xie was appointed as a Non-Executive Director on 26 September 2018. He is a director of CIC Capital Corporation (‘CIC Capital’), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Investment Corporation (‘CIC’). He is responsible for CIC Capital’s infrastructure investments globally, in paricular in transport, utilities and energy sectors. In addition to Heathrow Airport, David also sits on the board of Cadent Gas and InterPark. Prior to joining CIC in 2011, David worked 11 years in various capacities at Merrill Lynch. David is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and has an MBA degree from Georgetown University
John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer
John was appointed CEO with effect from 1 July 2014. He joined the company as Commercial Director in May 2009. From November 2012, John was Development Director and was responsible for delivering the £1 billion annual investment in transforming Heathrow, including the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, which opened on 4 June 2014.
He was previously Divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey PLC, having held a number of positions including Operations Director of Taylor Woodrow Developments and Commercial Director of Taylor Woodrow Inc. Prior to that, John was Managing Director, National Sales Division, of Bass Brewers, and has also worked as a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting for a number of high-profile businesses.
Javier Echave, Chief Financial Officer
Javier was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in November 2016. He joined Heathrow in January 2008 and was closely involved in establishing the current capital structure and positioning Heathrow as a strong credit in the financial markets. Over a four-year period up to 2016, as Finance Director for Operations and Performance, Javier played a key role in the delivery of a cost efficiency programme and in ensuring a rigorous appraisal of a multi-billion capital investment plan.
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Carol Hui, Chief of Staff and General Counsel
Carol was appointed Chief of Staff from 1 January 2017. She is responsible for legal affairs, business assurance, external and internal communications, sustainability and environment. She joined Heathrow in March 2009 as General Counsel. Previously, Carol has held senior board and executive positions in a number of major infrastructure businesses including British Gas and was a solicitor at City law firm, Slaughter and May. She has received numerous awards in her career including from the Financial Times, International Law Office, The Lawyer and Legal 500.