He replaces Nick Barton who has become the new chief executive of Birmingham Airport.
Martin is a highly experienced and well-regarded airport leader, who has successfully delivered LLA’s recently completed £160 million terminal transformation project and overseen the preparation and negotiation for Luton Borough Council’s £225m Direct Air-Rail Transit, which will link the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway by 2021.
Before joining LLA, he gained 20 years’ experience in airports, holding a variety of executive roles across Europe, including 10 years as managing director of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports.
Following on from the single biggest transformation in the airport's 80-year history, and record growth in passenger numbers, LLA says Martin will lead the airport in delivering passengers a "world-class travel experience", a stronger local economy and much needed air capacity in the South East.
He said: "Building on the strong demand from passengers and the success of our recent terminal transformation, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead the team in establishing LLA as the airport of choice for accessible, easy and enjoyable air travel”.
Commenting on Barton's departure, the airport’s shareholders thanked him for his significant contribution and leadership over the last four years.
During this time the airport has grown from 9.7 million to 16.5 million passengers a year, establishing LLA as one of the fastest-growing major airports in Europe.
Speaking about his decision to join Birmingham Airport, Barton commented: “I am thrilled to be joining Birmingham Airport to deliver the Board’s vision and strategy for this critical piece of national and regionally significant transport infrastructure.
"Birmingham Airport is on the threshold of a very exciting chapter in its development and I am delighted to have been given the responsibility to lead and shape the future of the Airport.”