Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Edinburgh set for new airport boss via Aberdeen

Kevin Brown
Image caption Kevin Brown is a former chartered electrical engineer

A former chartered electrical engineer is to take over at the helm of Edinburgh Airport.

Kevin Brown, who is currently managing director of Aberdeen and Southampton Airports, is take up the same role in Edinburgh at the end of July.

It follows last month's announcement that Gordon Dewar had handed in his notice after securing the job of chief executive of Bahrain Airport.

BAA said it was "delighted" it could replace the post "from within".

Stephen Peat, BAA managing director of the airports division, said: "This move follow Gordon Dewar's decision to leave the company over the summer.

"I am sorry that Gordon is going, but delighted that I can name his replacement from within the company.

"Whilst Gordon leaves Edinburgh Airport in a strong position, Kevin takes the reins at a time of huge challenges for our industry.

Image caption Gordon Dewar is to become the new chief executive of Bahrain Airport

"I am confident that he will lead this vital part of Scotland's economy into its next stage of development and success."

Mr Brown joined BAA in October 2002. He has held positions at both Heathrow and Aberdeen Airport and was appointed managing director at Aberdeen in 2007.

In 2008, Mr Brown was appointed managing director of both Aberdeen and Southampton Airports.

Mr Brown said: "I will be sad to leave Aberdeen Airport, where I have so many great memories and have met so many dedicated and passionate people, however I am pleased to be staying within the BAA group and am looking forward to the new challenge.

"There can be no doubt that there is a lot to get my teeth into in this new position, not least helping make sure Edinburgh Airport remains productive and competitive.

"Despite significant growth in recent months, and while other airports have suffered during the recession, we cannot become complacent and everyone is aware that staying at the top of our game will involve a great deal of work."

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