After just 15 months in charge, Prestwick Airport boss, Ron Smith, will be leaving his position as CEO behind at the end of the month. Although no official reason for his departure has been disclosed, the airport has revealed that the decision was made upon “mutual consent”
Mr Smith, aged 62, is leaving his £120,000 salary position after only a short stint at the helm of Prestwick Airport, with no concrete reason for his departure. However in recent months it was revealed that the CEO was criticised for using taxpayers money for a personal items (luxury bed, carpet and dining suite).
As one airport insider said: “It is indeed a surprise Ron is heading out the departure gate after such a short time. I didn’t think his tenure would be quite so short when he was appointed.“
Stewart Adams, the newly appointed stand-in CEO is a former Loganair boss with over 40 years experience in the aviation industry.
Airport chairman Andrew Miller said: “We are pleased to appoint Stewart Adams as interim Chief Executive Officer.
“He comes with a wealth of experience of the aviation industry both in Scotland and internationally and we look forward to working with him during the process of recruiting a permanent CEO for the airport.
“We would wish to thank Ron for his contribution to the progress that has been made at the Airport during his time as Chief Executive and we wish him well for the future.”
Stand-in CEO, Mr Smith began his career in Aberdeen working for Dan Air, while then working for Bond Helicopters, Business Air and also as managing director of BMI.
Smith’s appointment had been hailed as a “huge step forward for the airport” and he said then: “I look forward to getting my feet under the desk and working with the team to help the airport fulfil its full potential.”