B.C.-born candidate returns to YVR with international airport experience
- and a passion for planes
RICHMOND, BC, June 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Vancouver Airport Authority Board of
Directors Chair Mary Jordan today announced the appointment of Craig
Richmond to the role of President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.
Under Richmond's leadership, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will
continue to grow as a global gateway, community contributor and North
America's best airport.
A dedicated team of Airport Authority Directors undertook a global
recruitment effort to find the ideal candidate to fill the role of
President & CEO. As a community-based organization, the Airport
Authority consulted extensively with local stakeholders to build a
vision for its next leader. Among the most important requirements for a
new CEO was extensive aviation industry expertise, a working
understanding of the business of airports and a strategic vision for
writing the next chapter of YVR's story.
"Like YVR itself, our new President & CEO is a homegrown success story,"
said Mary Jordan, Chair, Airport Authority Board of Directors. "A
unique mix of work experience, skills, education and values amassed
over a lifetime in aviation - including a decade's worth of experience
as a Canadian military fighter pilot - make Craig a great fit for a
A senior airport executive, Richmond brings a wealth of international
airport experience back to YVR from positions with Vantage Airport
Group as CEO of six different airports in three different countries,
each with its own political, financial and cultural considerations.
Prior to his international postings, Richmond served as Vice President,
Operations at YVR, during which time he led the operational response to
the events of 9/11 and SARS and introduced new airfield safety
technologies. From building route capacity and increasing passenger
traffic to delivering multi-million dollar capital improvement programs
and leading integrated aviation crisis response, every aspect of
Richmond's career has added depth and breadth to the leadership skills
that will serve YVR's future development well.
"Not many people can say that the job they wished for as a child is the
job they will actually one day have as an adult. To be back in
Vancouver at what I believe is the best airport in the world is a dream
come true," said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport
Authority. "I look forward to working with the exceptional team of
Airport Authority employees. Together with the 23,000 people who work
at the airport we will continue to create an airport that shows our
pride in B.C., that British Columbians can be proud of and that every
passenger can enjoy."
With a focus on innovation, sustainability and teamwork toward
developing YVR 's potential as a key global gateway, Richmond will
continue to shape and enhance YVR's reputation as North America's top
Richmond is Vancouver Airport Authority's third President & CEO since
management of YVR transferred from the federal government to a local,
community-based authority in 1992. He assumes responsibility from Larry
Berg, during whose 15-year leadership of the Airport Authority YVR
earned its international reputation for airport excellence. Richmond's
first day on the job will be July 2, 2013.
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 17.6 million passengers in
2012, facilitated 261,000 takeoffs and landings and handled 227,000
tonnes of cargo. Sixty-eight airlines serve YVR, connecting people and
businesses to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport
Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2012, donated more
than $650,000 to community organizations. We are committed to creating
an airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global
gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
Formerly Vancouver Airport Services (YVRAS), Vantage Airport Group was
created by Vancouver Airport Authority to export YVR's award-winning
management excellence and operational expertise to airports around the
world. Vantage Airport Group is a for-profit Canadian company that
manages 11 airports on three continents. Vancouver Airport Authority
remains a 50 percent shareholder in the enterprise.
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