Manchester and Stansted airport bosses to switch roles

Manchester and Stansted airport bosses to switch roles

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has announced changes to its executive committee which will see the bosses of Manchester and Stansted airports swap roles.

Ken O’Toole, currently chief executive at Manchester airport, will take charge at Stansted and focus on developing the airport’s route network, building on recent additions including scheduled flights to New York and Boston.

Andrew Cowan, currently divisional chief executive at Stansted, will take over at Manchester airport overseeing the start of construction on the £1bn Manchester Airport Transformation Programme.

Collette Roche has also been appointed chief of staff at Manchester airport, with responsibility for shaping the development of the group’s strategy and leading a number of corporate functions.

The changes will come into effect in September.

Chief executive MAG, Charlie Cornish, said: “Both Ken and Andrew have demonstrated they are first class airport leaders during their career at MAG. I am pleased to have appointed them as the new CEOs of London Stansted and Manchester respectively.

“I know that Ken and Andrew will successfully develop their airports further as they play an even bigger role providing the global connectivity and runway capacity that this country needs in the coming years. Both airports are about to embark on significant periods of development and investment, and Ken and Andrew are the right people to lead them during this critical time.”

“I’d like to thank Collette Roche for stepping in to lead Manchester Airport over the last few months. In her new role as chief of staff, she will play a vital role across the MAG business here and abroad.”

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