Heathrow Airport Limited have announced that Chris Garton will be joining as Chief Operating Officer in the spring.
Until early last year, Chris was in the equivalent role at Dubai Airport, where he played a key role in growing the annual number of passengers from 30 million to over 86 million, over a nine-year period.
He is currently Director of Asset Management with Associated British Ports.
In a statement by the airport, it read: “Chris is one of the very few people in the world with experience of successfully running a large and constrained hub airport.
“Chris’s operational and international experience will complement Heathrow’s focus on passenger experience while aiming to improve the airport’s cargo capabilities.”
During his career, Chris has also held a number of roles in engineering and change management at Gatwick Airport, Ineos and ICI. He has a first-class degree in Engineering from London’s Imperial College.
Chris’s imminent arrival at Heathrow follows the appointment of Derek Provan, who has been interim COO since September, as CEO of AGS Airports.