Sydney Airport’s Managing Director and CEO, Kerrie Mather, has decided to retire and an international recruitment firm has been appointed to undertake a global search for a new CEO.

Sydney Airport Chairman, Mr Trevor Gerber said, “On behalf of the Board I want to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution Kerrie has made to Sydney Airport over the past 15 years. Kerrie has been the chief executive of Sydney Airport since June 2011 and CEO of the listed company since 2002.

“Under Kerrie’s leadership, Sydney Airport has developed strong and enduring relationships across the aviation industry, with all levels of government both in Australia and internationally, and with our local communities. This partnership approach has delivered growth in aviation which in turn has stimulated economic activity across our local, NSW and national economies.

“Sydney Airport is in a strong position, and well placed for future growth as Australia’s premier international gateway. We have a dedicated and talented leadership team in place that will ensure a seamless transition.”

Ms Mather said, “It has been a privilege and pleasure to be associated with Sydney Airport for over 15 years. I have enjoyed every single day.

“Aviation is one of the most dynamic and exciting industries in the world. It’s changing rapidly, led by constantly evolving technological advancement and customer needs. Sydney Airport has responded to those changes and opportunities with a focus not only on our airline partnerships and their customers, but also on the wider community.

”This has delivered significant and sustainable business growth, improved facilities, and strengthened relationships for the benefit of all our stakeholders, both at the airport and beyond.

“I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in partnership with industry, governments and the community, to grow aviation connectivity and choice, domestically and internationally. Sydney Airport is very well positioned for the future.

“It’s the right time to transition to new leadership. I look forward to continuing to work with the leadership team until the new CEO starts,” Ms Mather said.

Ms Mather will remain in her role until a new CEO is appointed.

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