Sydney Airport appoints successor to departing CEO Geoff Culbert

By Luke Barras-hill |

Scott Charlton will take the reins at Sydney Airport in December. Source: SYD.

Sydney Airport’s (SYD) Board of Directors has announced Scott Charlton as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 December.

Charlton’s appointment follows the earlier decision of Geoff Culbert to retire from the position of leading Australia’s biggest airport after six years. Culbert will continue as CEO until Charlton commences his post.

As the former Chief Executive Officer of ASX-listed toll road operator Transurban and Group Chief Operating Officer of Lendlease, Charlton brings a fountain of experience from the infrastructure, transportation and property sectors to Sydney Airport.

David Gonski, Chair of Sydney Airport, said: “We are delighted to welcome Scott as our new CEO. Scott brings strong commercial, operational and project delivery experience, along with a deep understanding of government and the Australian regulatory environment. Scott also shares the Board’s vision for the ongoing development of Sydney Airport as a world-class airport.

“The next few years will herald an exciting period of transformation in the Australian aviation industry, as we grow beyond pre-Covid passenger numbers. The Board looks forward to working with Scott through this period and again thanks Geoff for his skilled leadership during one of the most significant and disruptive periods in aviation history.”

Charlton commented: “Sydney Airport is, in my view, the gateway to Australia, the economic heart of New South Wales and an iconic global infrastructure asset. I am excited and privileged to be given the opportunity to lead some of the most capable and passionate people in aviation, and I look forward to working with the team to continue to serve and enhance the experiences of our customers, airlines, partners and the local and wider community.”

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