Sydney Airport in Australia has announced that Kerrie Mather (left), the managing director and CEO of the airport, is set to retire. An international recruitment firm has been appointed to undertake a global search for a new CEO. Mather will remain in the post until a replacement has been found.
Mather was appointed CEO and managing director of Sydney Airport in July 2011 and has overseen a number of improvement works during that time including the transformation of Terminals 1 and 2.
Trevor Gerber, chairman of Sydney Airport, 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.
“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, New South Wales (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,” added Gerber.
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 and I look forward to continuing to work with the team until the new CEO starts.”