The Board

The Board of Directors of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (“Heathrow” or “the Company”) determines long-term strategy, ensures that the Company acts ethically and has the necessary resources to meet its objectives, monitors performance, and ensures Heathrow meets its responsibilities as a major airport company. View our Board members' and company secretary's brief resumés.

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.

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.

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.

Benjamin Bao, Non-Executive Director

Benjamin Bao was appointed a Non-Executive Director on 22 September 2016. He graduated from Shanghai Jiaotong University in 1990 and started his career with China Construction Bank focusing on feasibility assessment of infrastructure projects. In 1994 he joined the Export-Import Bank of China where he was head of the Export Credit department, working on export credit project reviews and credit management. During his tenure there, he led and engaged in almost 100 financing projects on export credit. Benjamin joined the Global Investment Banking division at HSBC China in 2006, and was Director of China Transportation team, Manager of HSBC Northern China Area, and Vice President of HSBC Beijing branch. By 2011 he had taken leadership in managing North American fund investments and private credit market investments at the Private Equity Department at China Investment Corporation (CIC). Since 2015, Benjamin has been overseeing investment projects in infrastructure, energy, oil and gas, minerals and related investment funds at CIC Capital Corporation.

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.

Ahmed Ali 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fidel López, Non Exec Director

Fidel López was appointed a Non Executive Director in September 2014. Fidel López is the Portfolio Management Director of Ferrovial Aeropuertos . Fidel joined Ferrovial in 2007 as the Corporate Development Director of the Services Division; and he was a Board Director at Amey and at Swissport. In 2010, he joined BAA as Managing Director of the Airports Division (Stansted, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton). In 2012, he became Executive Commercial Director of Heathrow until August 2014. He is also currently a Board Director at AGS Airports Ltd (Glasgow, Aberdeen and Southampton).

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.

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, risk management, internal audit, company and board governance and administration, external and internal communications, policy, public affairs, government and stakeholder relations, media, PR, sustainability and environment. She joined Heathrow in March 2009 as General Counsel. Previously, Carol was a Board Director and General Counsel of Amey plc, Group Legal Director of TDG plc, Deputy General Counsel of BG plc and a solicitor at City law firm, Slaughter and May. She was awarded European General Counsel of the Year by the International Law Office and has won a range of recent awards from the Financial Times, Mulan Foundation, The Lawyer, Legal 500 and International General Counsel Awards.

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