New chief executive for London City Airport

New chief executive for London City Airport

London City Airport has announced chief executive, Richard Gooding, is to step down from the role after 15 years and join the board as a non-executive director.

Declan Collier (pictured), currently chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority, will assume the role.

The appointments will be effective from early in 2012.

“We are delighted to have secured as our new chief executive somebody of Declan Collier’s calibre and experience,” said Roy Griffins, chairman of LCY. 

“Declan has led DAA through a transformational period in terms of its infrastructure and business culture.

“He is a respected voice within the aviation industry through his involvement with Airports Council International, where he is currently president, ACI Europe.

Declan Collier became chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority in 2005, following a career with ExxonMobil, during which he held various senior managerial and executive positions in Ireland and abroad.

Under his stewardship, DAA delivered a €1.2 billion capital investment programme at Dublin Airport including the flagship new Terminal 2, which opened successfully in late 2010 and which moved Dublin airport into the top five airports within its peer group of 5-25 million passenger airports.

Following the announcement Gooding commented: “I have enjoyed immensely my time at LCY, where I have been supported by an excellent team, blue chip customers, forward thinking local communities and committed shareholders.

“Together we have created a special niche, high quality business and played a vital role in London’s economy as well as the regeneration of the Thames Gateway.

“I am very pleased that I have been invited to maintain my involvement in the business from the perspective of the board.”