Andrew Brodie has been appointed the new CEO at the Sunshine Coast Airport.
Andrew Brodie has been appointed the new CEO at the Sunshine Coast Airport. Mark Cranitch

New CEO confirmed for Sunshine Coast Airport

SUNSHINE Coast Airport today announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer.

Andrew Brodie will take over the position from long-standing CEO Peter Pallot, who will retire from the role on December 31.

Mr Brodie has had 27 years' experience in the aviation and major-infrastructure sectors.

Over the past eight years, he has worked in senior executive positions for Brisbane Airport Corporation - most recently as general manager for Airline and Retail Management.

During his time at Brisbane International Airport, the airport has significantly expanded international and domestic routes and passenger numbers into Brisbane.

In the 2017-18 financial year, international passengers grew by 5.2 per cent to more than 5.9 million. Domestically, the airport achieved its highest growth in five years, with an extra 263,000 passengers. That has taken volumes to more than 17.5 million: a 1.5 per cent increase on the previous year.

Mr Brodie has been heavily involved in the major expansion of Brisbane International Airport over the past decade, which has included significant upgrading of the terminal and precinct facilities and the construction of a new runway - scheduled for completion in 2020 - which is expected to double the airport's capacity.

Sunshine Coast Airport chairman Dennis Chant said the board was confident Mr Brodie had the skill set, experience and energy required to lead the airport to the next level and to capitalise on the significant investment that is being made in upgrading its infrastructure.

"Andrew brings with him many years of experience in the aviation, infrastructure, property and tourism sectors, as well as extensive experience working with local, state and federal authorities," Mr Chant said.

"During his time at Brisbane International Airport, Andrew has been involved with one of the most comprehensive and pace-setting transformations of an airport in Australia.

"We believe this experience will be invaluable as we undertake a similar transformation and expansion of Sunshine Coast Airport, including the commissioning of a new runway that will massively increase the potential of the airport."

Prior to his engagement at Brisbane Airport, Mr Brodie was employed at sector-leading companies including GPT Group, AMP Limited and Lend Lease.

He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Queensland and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Outside his work interests, he is a board member at Brothers Rugby Union Club and St Joseph's Nudgee College.

"Andrew and his family have been regular visitors to the Sunshine Coast for many years and through his extensive industry relationships, he will hit the ground running as a strong advocate for increasing activity at the airport to help underpin the strong economic growth projected for the Sunshine Coast region," Mr Chant said.

"I would again like to pay tribute to the contribution Peter Pallot has made to the growth of Sunshine Coast Airport over the last 12 years and wish him and his family all the best in his retirement."

Mr Brodie will start the role at Sunshine Coast Airport in March next year.

In the meantime, Frank Mondello - Sunshine Coast Airport's general manager, Operations and Assets - will assume the role of acting CEO following Mr Pallot's departure.

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