It’s all change at the top for North Queensland Airports (NQA), which has unveiled a new CEO and announced two key new appointments to the board.
Kevin Brown (pictured above) is the new CEO of NQA, which operates Cairns and Mackay airports in north-eastern Australia, although he won't officially take up his new position until October.
The former managing director of Edinburgh Airport in the UK is joined by Marcela Zeman and Robert Hardy, who have been appointed chairman and director, respectively.
Incoming NQA chairman, Marcela Zeman (pictured above), enthused: "Kevin has achieved notable success in aviation route development by fostering strong airline partnerships and also by working closely with many relevant tourism bodies to grow travel. Both are key areas of focus for our businesses."
Brown replaces former CEO, Stephen Gregg, who stepped down from the role in March this year to take on a Board advisory position on tourism and aviation strategy.
Looking forward to the challenge ahead, Brown said: "I am very keen to be on the ground in Cairns and Mackay, to meet the teams at each airport, to get to know and become a part of the airport community and the wider local community.
"Since privatisation both Cairns and Mackay Airports have experienced strong traffic growth as a result of implemented aviation business plans. I will maintain the focus on working with our international and domestic airline partners and the key industries of tourism and resources to ensure that our airports continue to make a robust contribution to the North Queensland economy."
New director, Robert Hardy (pictured above), is a member of the Infrastructure Investments Group at JP Morgan Asset Management. He has airports experience from Australia, the UK, Europe and the Americas and a background in transportation and infrastructure investing and asset management dating back over 13 years.
NQA's general Manager, assets and operations, Greg Eisenmenger, has filled the role of acting CEO since April 2011 and will continue to do so until Brown's arrival in October.