Bristol Airport appoints new CEO

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Bristol Airport has appointed Dave Lees (left) as its new CEO following the departure of Robert Sinclair in October 2017. Lees is currently managing director of Southampton Airport, which has achieved record passenger numbers and customer satisfaction scores during his time at the helm. He will take up his new role on August 1, 2018.

Before becoming managing director, Lees served as operations director and planning and development director at Southampton Airport. Prior to this, he was head of service improvement at Heathrow Airport, where he also held roles in operations and engineering. He has a degree in Transport Management from Loughborough University.

Since Sinclair’s departure, Janis Kong has been operating as interim chief executive, a role she will continue in until August. Commenting on the appointment, Kong said, “I look forward to welcoming Dave to Bristol Airport. He brings with him a track record of success and wide-ranging experience at major UK airports. Dave joins at an exciting time as we look to the future as part of the process of preparing a new masterplan. He joins a successful team which has consistently delivered results for passengers, airline customers and shareholders.”

Lees added, “This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with the team at Bristol to build on the Airport’s success and ambitions for the future.”

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