Declan Collier, the current CEO of London City Airport and chair of Airports Council International (ACI), has turned over his position on the ACI World Governing Board to Bongani Maseko, CEO and executive director of Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Martin Eurnekian, CEO, Corporación América, was also appointed as vice-chair.
The official election took place during the 27th ACI World Annual General Assembly in Port Louis, Mauritius. Their roles will become effective as of January 1, 2018.
Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World, said, “I would like to personally thank Declan Collier for his long service to ACI, previously as a board member and chair in ACI Europe, and for the last 10 years on the World Governing Board. Collier has been unstinting with his time and keen insight and we are fortunate to have had his guidance.”
“As ACI World’s new chair, Bongani Maseko will bring broad industry expertise and particularly a deep understanding of the challenges African airports face. We look forward to his leadership in developing key recommendations to ensure the sustainability of the industry worldwide for years to come.”
Maseko said, “It is an honor to take on the role of chair for ACI World. The confidence that the ACI Assembly has placed in me speaks to the role of African airports in ensuring that they are competing with the best in the world in terms of best practice on airport development, management and operations.
“Aviation in Africa is slowly becoming a strong contributor to global economic growth as the tourism industry grows. The next 20 years will see the most growth in passenger numbers coming from Africa.”
Maseko joined ACSA in 1999 and was formally appointed CEO in May 2013. Prior to his role in airport operations, he also spent three-and-half-years leading O R Tambo International Airport in South Africa as general manager. He has a degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Airport Systems Planning and Design and Airport Ground Transportation Planning from the University of California.