Former Southampton airport boss Neil Garwood is to head airports slot co-ordinator ACL at a time of “seismic” industry change.

His appointment by Airport Co-ordination Limited followed a “thorough search and rigorous” selection process.

Garwood will succeed ACL’s departing chief executive Edmond Rose, who is moving on at the end of February.

Garwood spent ten years at Southampton airport, having risen through the ranks to become managing director after initially joining as terminal operations manager in 2010.

ACL chair Lesley Cowley said: “Whilst our current CEO will be much missed, we are confident that Neil’s experience, drive and values make him an ideal successor to lead ACL as we emerge from the pandemic.”

Garwood added: “I am excited to be joining the world’s leading independent airport co-ordination organisation at a time of seismic change in the industry and very much look forward to continuing to deliver on ACL’s ambition of world class co-ordination excellence for our customers and stakeholders.”