John Holland Kaye | Chief Executive Officer
Heathrow Airport Ltd

John Holland Kaye, Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport Ltd

During his time as CEO, Heathrow has consistently improved service levels for passengers, while reducing costs, and it is now rated one of the best airports in the world. John has championed a third runway at Heathrow, building cross party and national support. In 2017 he launched Heathrow 2.0, a plan for the airport to become a centre of excellence in sustainable aviation. He has a keen interest in promoting diversity and social mobility, and is chair of the Business in the Community Employment and Skills Leadership Team. John is also a Non-Executive Director at Thames Tideway. 

Before becoming CEO in July 2014, he was Development Director, responsible for delivering the £2.5bn Terminal 2 on time and on budget, and Commercial Director, responsible for growing revenues and improving passenger service.  

Prior to joining Heathrow, John worked in housebuilding in the UK and US, with Taylor Wimpey, and in brewing and leisure retail in the UK with Bass plc. His early experience was as a strategy consultant advising leisure and FMCG companies in the UK, US, Australia and the Philippines.  

John is married with two daughters.

Key dates

2014 – Present    Chief Executive Officer, Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited
2012 – 2014    Development Director, Heathrow Airport Limited
2009 – 2012    Commercial Director, Heathrow
2002 – 2009    Divisional CEO, Taylor Wimpey PLC
1995 – 2002    Managing Director National Sales Division, Bass Brewers    
1986 – 1995    Strategy Consultant, LEK Consulting

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