Carol Benzie, managing director of Aberdeen International Airport in Scotland, has announced her decision to step down from her role at the end of July after 10 years with the business.
Benzie first joined Aberdeen airport in 2008 and went on to hold a series of senior roles including operations director and commercial director before being appointed managing director in October 2013.
As managing director, Benzie has overseen the expansion of the airport’s route network as well as the single largest investment in its history. The multi-million-dollar redevelopment project has had a transformational effect on the airport creating a new security search area, an expanded baggage reclaim area, new immigration facilities and retail units.
The board of AGS Airports, the airport operator, will now begin the process of identifying a replacement. Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports and the former managing director of Aberdeen Airport, will oversee the business in the interim.
Provan said, “On behalf of AGS, I would like to sincerely thank Carol for the dedication and commitment she has shown throughout her time as managing director. In addition to overseeing the recent and rapid terminal expansion, she successfully steered the airport through the downturn in the oil and gas sector which impacted the wider Northeast economy.
“Carol leaves the business on a strong footing and the terminal transformation is a fitting legacy to her time at the helm of the airport. We wish her every success for the future.”
Benzie added, “After 10 hugely enjoyable and ultimately successful years with Aberdeen International Airport I have taken the decision step down from my role as managing director.
“The airport has been a great platform to grow and develop as a leader and be so closely involved in a business that is so vital to the Aberdeen region. I am now looking forward to embarking on the next stage of my career.”