BAA has appointed Normand Boivin as the new chief operating officer for Heathrow to replace Nick Cullen who resigned from the company earlier this month.
Boivin, who is currently the operations director for Aéroports de Montréal, has been tasked with better preparing the airport for winter weather, improving security, and preparing Heathrow for the impending Olympic Games.
He will take up his role at Heathrow on August 29.
He started his career in 1982 as an air traffic controller for Transports Canada, and since then has been the director of operations at three Canadian airports.
Colin Matthews, chief executive at BAA, said: “I am delighted to welcome Normand to Heathrow.
“Normand’s immediate mission is to accelerate the improvement of Heathrow by developing our security processes, implementing the recommendations of the Heathrow Winter Resilience Enquiry, and preparing operations for the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012.”
In addition, Boivin supported James Cherry, CEO of Aéroports de Montréal, in his role on the Heathrow Winter Resilience Enquiry panel convened earlier this year by Professor David Begg.
He has previously been vice-president of operations at Montreal’s two international airports as well as facilities development director at Montreal Dorval Airport and general manager at Quebec City Airport.