Karen Smart is to take over as managing director of East Midlands Airport, replacing Andy Cliffe who has been in the role for five years.
Smart, the director of landside operations at London Stansted Airport will take up her new role in April 2018, leading a team of over 500 employees.
Prior to joining Manchester Airports Group (MAG) in 2014, she spent several years at the service provider Serco and a career in the RAF.
She takes over from Cliffe who has been with MAG for 19 years and managing director of East Midlands Airport for five years.
Cliffe is leaving the business to take up a new role as chief executive officer (CEO) of Midlands Expressway, the company responsible for operating the M6 Toll road.
MAG Group CEO, Charlie Cornish says: “Andy has done a tremendous job in driving East Midlands Airport forward as a vital piece of UK infrastructure. The airport provides a valuable service to leisure and business passengers across the region and through its significant cargo operation is responsible for fuelling the national economy.
“Karen Smart is an exceptional leader and with her strong track record I’m sure she will build on the great foundations that exist at East Midlands Airport.”
Smart says: “It’s a hugely exciting time in the aviation industry and I feel privileged to be taking on the role of MD at East Midlands Airport.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the drive to attract new airlines to serve the vibrant region whilst further improving the customer experience.”