Derrick Stanford

The search for a new President and C-E-O of the Saint John Airport will begin this month. The position is currently held by Derrick Stanford who has notified the airport’s Board of Directors he is stepping down effective March 10th. In a statement – the Board says an external recruitment firm will be hired to conduct the search.

Stanford was appointed to the position in 2016 and during his time the airport has experienced record breaking passenger growth – major capital improvements including significant runway upgrades – and the addition of new carriers like Porter and Flair. He has also served as president of the Atlantic Canada Airports Association since June of last year.

The pandemic has dealt a blow to airport activity with no commercial flights since early January. Both Porter and Flair have announced potential startup dates while nothing has been confirmed by Air Canada.

The airport’s Director of Finance and Administration – Greg Hierlihy – will handle responsibilities of the position in the interim during the search for Stanford’s replacement.