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Change at the top for Edinburgh Airport

02 August 2011

Edinburgh Airport has today (Tuesday) announced that Kevin Brown, its current Managing Director, will be leaving the business.

He is taking up the post of chief executive officer at North Queensland Airport Group, which is based in Cairns, Australia and will be responsible for two airports, Cairns and Mackay.

His successor will be Jim O’Sullivan, currently BAA Technical Standards and Assurance Director, who will take up the role on 1 September.  An experienced aviation professional, Jim spent 14 years at British Airways including time as Chief Project Engineer for the Boeing 777, General Manager of Concorde, and finally Technical and Quality Director.  More recently he has undertaken operational and executive roles at National Grid, Welsh Water and EON.

Colin Matthews, BAA's Chief Executive, said: "Kevin Brown leaves a healthy airport that is performing well in difficult circumstances. We wish him well in his exciting new role and thank him for the substantial contribution he has made to BAA at Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Southampton and Heathrow airports.”

Edinburgh Airport is currently the fifth largest airport in the UK by passenger numbers and despite the current recession and other difficult issues facing the aviation industry, Scotland's capital city airport has maintained steady growth.

In a year at Edinburgh Airport, Kevin Brown has seen the airport named 'Best European Airport' for it size and add over 25 new routes. His focus on the facilities and passenger experience will ensure a high bar for future teams to meet. The airport team is also closely engaged in a new tourism strategy for the Capital as well as fostering a collaborative approach with Edinburgh’s business and tourism communities.

Kevin Brown said: “Only a once in a lifetime offer could take me away from Edinburgh Airport and this is it.  Working in Australia has been a lifelong dream of mine and it’s made extra special by the fact that I have family in Cairns. I’m hugely thrilled at the opportunity but I will miss Edinburgh Airport. It has a fantastic team and it has been a privilege working with them.”

Jim O’Sullivan said: “Kevin has done a fantastic job in his tenure at Edinburgh. It has bucked the general trend in UK aviation by growing and it is currently best airport in Europe for its size.

“I hope that I can continue its development and assist the team in realising the growth strategy they have created and giving Edinburgh and Scotland what it deserves – a diverse choice of routes and a world-class facility.”