Birmingham airport has confirmed chief executive Paul Kehoe will step down on July 12.
Joining the airport in 2008, Kehoe led a transformation with passenger numbers growing from 9.5 million to 12 million in March this year.
During his tenure, Kehoe has been increasingly involved in promoting the West Midlands Region as Chairman of Marketing Birmingham, President of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, and in a new capacity as Chairman of the West Midlands Growth Company.
Kehoe said he was leaving his role to focus more on these regional commitments.
Birmingham airport chairman, John Hudson, said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our grateful thanks to Paul for the tremendous contribution he has made to Birmingham Airport during the last nine years. Under his leadership, the Airport has built relationships with new carriers, grown passenger numbers to more than 12m, and delivered significant economic value to the region.”
Kehoe added: “I planned originally to stay only for five years, but the challenge became so exciting that I stayed for another four. In every role there is a natural business cycle, and after delivering significant airline and passenger growth, completing all the major development projects which resulted in a doubling of the profit, generating significant dividends for shareholders and the region, I feel it is time for the next generation to take the business forward.”