He succeeds Groupe ADP's Augsutin de Romanet in the hot seat of the trade association, which represents the interests of more than 500 airports in 45 European countries.
"European airports face major challenges today," Kerkloh told delegates at ACI Europe's annual Regional Assembly, Congress & Exhibition in Paris.
"These include the escalating capacity crunch at the big European hubs, the steadily rising costs for aviation security, the structural transformation within the airline industry, and the need to cut emissions.
"These issues are at the top of the agenda, and cross-border cooperation among airports will play a key role in addressing them."
Kerkloh recently completed a four-year term as the president of the German Airports Association (ADV) and is a member of the executive committee of BDL, the German Aviation Industry Association (BDL).
He has been in charge at Munich Airport since September 2002, serving as its president and CEO as well as the company’s labour director.
Under his leadership, Bavaria's gateway to the world has moved up to join the ranks of Europe's top air transportation hubs, with annual traffic exceeding 42 million passengers in the most recent operating year.