Javier Echave

Javier Echave, Chief Financial Officer (acting), Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited

Javier serves as Chief Financial Officer (Acting) of Heathrow Airport Holdings since May 2016. He is responsible for leading the organisation financially to give passengers the best airport service in the World while delivering £1bn+ EBITDA growth over the current regulatory period by enabling a volume based strategy and transforming Heathrow’s approach to cost and investment. He leads the investment appraisal of Heathrow’s multi-billion capital plan and work with all airline partners, Government and the CAA to deliver Heathrow expansion with as close to flat charges as possible while securing that the plan is financeable and provides value and great service for passengers. His responsibilities also include the management of Heathrow’s £13bn debt portfolio through a multi-rating, multi-currency funding platform. Javier is member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Board of Directors, Chairman of Heathrow’s Fire Safety Board and Alternate Company’s Director at NATS Holding Board of Directors.

Javier joined Heathrow in January 2008 and his achievements include establishing Heathrow’s current capital structure and positioning Heathrow as a strong credit in the financial markets, collaborating to transform passenger service and delivering an ambitious cost efficiency programme, setting Heathrow’s financial investment appraisal capability and leading the transformation of the Business Finance team to become a genuine strategic business partner.

Prior to joining Heathrow, Javier worked in infrastructure, services and facility management in the UK and Spain with Ferrovial.

Key dates 

2016 – Present Chief Financial Officer (Acting), Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited

2013 – 2016 Finance Director – Operations, Investment and Performance, Heathrow Airport Limited

2011 – 2013 Head of Central Finance, Heathrow Airport Limited

2008 – 2011 Corporate Finance Manager, Heathrow Airport Limited

2003 – 2008 Finance Manager Planning and Performance, Ferrovial

My Sessions

Connecting international gateways (ports, airports)

Ballroom South

Stronger ports and airports are key to increasing the competitiveness of the UK on an international arena. Following on from the previous debate this session will explore the ways in which the UK International Gateways should be connected and how these connections can be delivered to give the UK economy a major competitive international hub […]

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