Newcastle airport boss to step down

Newcastle airport boss to step down

The boss of Newcastle airport is stepping down to work part time for an investment business.

Davie Laws has worked at the north-east airport for 37 years, including ten as chief executive.

He is joining AMP Capital as a part time senior adviser in its international airports business.

Chief financial officer, Nick Jones, will take over as chief executive from May 1 after less that a year working at the airport while an external search for a permanent replacement takes place.

James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “I believe that, by bringing both Emirates and United Airlines to the region, Davie leaves a legacy of success in terms of connectivity and exports. I wish Davie well in his future career.”

Councillor Iain Malcolm, leader of South Tyneside Council, said: “Davie has been an excellent chief executive of Newcastle airport and I would like to thank him for everything he has done for our region during his many years of service.

“Davie will be missed but he leaves a strong legacy and I look forward to seeing the airport build upon that legacy in the future.”

David Rees, partner and head of asset management at AMP Capital, said: “Davie has made an outstanding contribution to the airport and the region and I would like to offer him my sincere thanks and appreciation for building such a strong, successful business. I’m looking forward to continuing to work with Davie at AMP Capital.”

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