Heathrow announces changes to their executive team

Javier Echave and Sally Ding

Heathrow has announced several changes to their executive team as they move forward with the next chapter of their strategy “to be an extraordinary airport”.

After 15 years at Heathrow, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Emma Gilthorpe, has decided to leave Heathrow and will be taking on the role as the CEO of the Royal Mail from 1 May.

Emma’s last day at Heathrow will be 26 April.

Heathrow has also announced that Javier Echave, currently Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will take over from Emma and become the new COO from 26 April.

Sally Ding, currently Director of Treasury & Corporate Finance, will be acting CFO whilst a permanent recruitment process gets underway.

Thomas Woldbye, Heathrow CEO said: “We’re opening up Heathrow’s next chapter as we strive to be an extraordinary airport, fit for the future.

“That brings along exciting opportunities and inevitable change.

“Over the last 15 years, few have played a more instrumental role in shaping Heathrow’s success and building our great culture than Emma Gilthorpe.

“She will be missed by all of us at Heathrow, and I’m personally very sad to see her leave.

“The Royal Mail are lucky to have secured such an outstanding leader to take them forward.

“Emma leaves behind an operation that is performing well, and Javier’s effective leadership style and deep understanding of our business will help the Operations team continue to make every journey better. In the meantime, Sally’s capable hands will look after our finances.

“We wish Emma all the best in her new role outside Heathrow, and to Javier and Sally in their new roles within our extraordinary airport.”