Airport Operators Association appoints new chair

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Ruby McGregor-Smith has been appointed chair of the UK’s Airports Operators Association (AOA), effective September 1, 2019.

McGregor-Smith, who takes over from Ed Anderson, is a non-executive director and advisory director with organizations including Thames Tideway Tunnel, Mace Group and the Department for Education.

Vice chair of the AOA, Nick Barton, said, “Ruby has a wealth of experience in business and she joins the AOA Board at an important time for the sector. With the government intending to set out an Aviation Strategy in the coming year and the UK’s exit from the EU, this is a crucial time for the AOA to lead the agenda for a successful and sustainable airport and aviation sector.

“As we look forward, we also want to thank Ed Anderson for his many years of outstanding service to the AOA as its chairman. Under his leadership and oversight, we have seen the Association go from strength to strength, enabling it to be ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future.”

McGregor-Smith said, “I am looking forward to joining the AOA and leading its board at such a significant time. The AOA is uniquely placed to influence the strategic direction of the sector and to capitalize on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

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