Sydney Airport is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Scott Charlton as its incoming Chief Executive Officer, effective December 1, 2023. This announcement follows the departure of the outgoing CEO, Mr. Geoff Culbert, in May 2023. Mr. Charlton brings a wealth of experience in infrastructure, transportation, and property sectors to his new role at Sydney Airport. He has served as the CEO of toll road operator Transurban since 2012 and held the position of Group Chief Operating Officer at Lend Lease.
In response to his appointment, Mr. Charlton stated, “Sydney Airport is, in my view, the gateway to Australia, the economic heart of NSW, 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 professionals in the aviation industry. I look forward to collaborating with the team to further serve and enhance the experiences of our valued customers, airline partners, stakeholders, and the local and global community.”
David Gonski, Chair of Sydney Airport, expressed the Board’s delight in welcoming Mr. Charlton as the new CEO, particularly as the aviation industry embarks on a period of post-COVID growth and transformation. The aviation hub reported an impressive nearly 90% recovery in passenger levels from 2019 in July 2023.
Mr. Gonski noted, “Scott brings with him a strong background in commercial strategy, operational excellence, and successful project delivery, combined with a deep understanding of government and the Australian regulatory environment. The Board eagerly anticipates working closely with Scott during this pivotal phase, and we extend our heartfelt thanks to Geoff for his adept leadership during one of the most momentous and disruptive periods in aviation history.”
Geoff Culbert, who served as CEO of Sydney Airport for six years, announced his resignation in May 2023.