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The Board

The Board of Directors of Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (“Heathrow” or “the Company”) determines long-term strategy, ensures that the Company acts ethically and has the necessary resources to meet its objectives, monitors performance, and ensures Heathrow meets its responsibilities as a major airport company. View our Board members' and company secretary's brief resumés.

John Holland-Kaye, Chief Executive Officer

John was appointed CEO with effect from 1 July 2014. He joined the company as Commercial Director in May 2009. From November 2012, John was Development Director and was responsible for delivering the £1 billion annual investment in transforming Heathrow, including the new Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal, which opened on 4 June 2014.

He was previously Divisional CEO with Taylor Wimpey PLC, having held a number of positions including Operations Director of Taylor Woodrow Developments and Commercial Director of Taylor Woodrow Inc. Prior to that, John was Managing Director, National Sales Division, of Bass Brewers, and has also worked as a strategy consultant with LEK Consulting for a number of high-profile businesses.

José Leo, Chief Financial Officer

José Leo, Chief Financial Officer, was appointed to the Board in September 2008. Prior to joining the Company, he was Group Finance Director of Amey plc and former Managing Director of Ferrovial Telecomunicaciones, responsible for managing Ferrovial's investments in the telecommunication sector. José was also a Director of the Spanish telecommunication operators ONO and UNI2, and Chief Finance Officer and Business Development Manager at the Spanish construction company Agroman.

Akbar Al Baker, Non-Executive Director

Akbar Al Baker was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2013. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Airways since 1997. He is also leading the development of the multi-billion dollar Hamad International Airport (formerly known under the project name New Doha International Airport), which is scheduled to open in phases from April 2013.

Mr. Al Baker is a graduate of Commerce and Economics and holds a private pilot licence. He is also CEO of several divisions of Qatar's national airline - being Qatar Airways Holidays, Qatar Aviation Services, Qatar Duty Free Company, Doha International Airport, Qatar Distribution Company, Qatar Executive, Oryx Rotana Hotel and Qatar Aircraft Catering Company.

Stuart Baldwin, Non-Executive Director

Stuart Baldwin was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2008. Stuart is Senior Vice President of the Global Infrastructure Group of GIC Special Investments. He is also a Non-Executive Director of UK water company Kelda Holdings Ltd, and is a member of the Supervisory Board of Budapest Airport Zrt.

Chris Beale, Non-Executive Director

Chris Beale was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2011. He is the Managing Partner of Alinda Capital Partners, an independent investment firm with over $7.4 billion in equity commitments to infrastructure investments. Alinda's investors are predominantly pension funds for public sector and private sector employees. Prior to founding Alinda in 2005, he led the world’s largest infrastructure finance business as global head of project finance at Citigroup. He was also global head of project finance at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse First Boston.

Professor David Begg, Non-Executive Director

David Begg was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. He has extensive expertise in the transport sector and is a Non Executive Board Member of FirstGroup; Chairman of the Northern Way Transport Compact; Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure Commission, Chief Executive of Portobello Partnership, a member of the High Speed Rail 2 External Challenge Group; adviser to the Greater Manchester Transport Executive; Publisher and contributor at Transport Times magazine; and Visiting Professor in Sustainable Transport at Plymouth University.

He was previously Chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport, an independent advisory body to the Government; and Chairman of Tube Lines, the company responsible for maintenance and upgrade work on three London Underground lines.

Ali Bouzarif, Non-Executive Director

Ali Bouzarif was appointed a Non-Executive Director in January 2013. He is a Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department of Qatar Holding, the strategic and direct investment arm of Qatar Investment Authority where he joined in 2007. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Miramax and The Chernin Group. Ali sits on the investment committee of the joint-venture between Qatar Holding and Fondo Strategico Italiano ("FSI") as well as the Advisory Committee of BTG Pactual Private Equity Fund. He holds a Masters in Business Engineering from Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Renaud Faucher, Non-Executive Director

Renaud Faucher was appointed a Non-Executive Director in September 2008. He is a Director of the private equity group Caisse de dépôt et placement du Quebec (CDP) since 2006 where he was a Director of Noverco (gas distribution) and Southern Star Pipelines. Prior to joining the Caisse, he held different positions at Hydro Quebec on the management on their international investments, worked on the financing and management of different power plants in Canada and on large construction projects.

Jorge Gil, Non-Executive Director

Jorge Gil was appointed a Non-Executive Director in December 2012. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Ferrovial Aeropuertos. Jorge joined the Ferrovial group in 2001, as the Structured Finance Director (until 2007) and then the Corporate and Business Development Director (2007-2010) of Cintra. He was a member of the Executive Committee of Cintra and a Board member of various companies (407-ETR, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road and SH-130).

In November 2010 he joined the financial department of Ferrovial as Capital Markets and Finance Director of Ferrovial, with responsibility for the financing and treasury of the group and for the Investor Relations Department. Jorge began his career in the banking industry at The Chase Manhattan Bank in Spain, working in Corporate Finance and M&A.

Rachel Lomax, Non-Executive Director

Rachel Lomax was appointed a Non-Executive Director in November 2010. She has 40 years' experience in policy making, at the heart of the British economy. Rachel served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of England from 2003 until 2008. Before joining the Bank, she was Permanent Secretary of three government departments, including the Department of Work and Pensions and the Welsh Office as well as the Department for Transport. Her earlier career was spent at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the World Bank. Rachel is also a Non-Executive Director of HSBC.

Ernesto López Mozo, Non-Executive Director

Ernesto López Mozo was appointed a Non-Executive Director in October 2009. He is Ferrovial’s Chief Financial Officer. Ernesto joined Ferrovial from Telefonica, having previously held positions at JP Morgan and Santander.

Santiago Olivares, Non-Executive Director

Santiago Olivares was appointed a Non-Executive Director in April 2010. He is the CEO of Ferrovial Servicios as well as the Chairman of Cespa and Vice-chairman of Amey plc. Previously he was chairman of Swissport International and a board member of Tube Lines Holdings. Prior to joining Ferrovial, Santiago worked in McKinsey & Co.

Qing (King) Zhang, Non-Executive Director

Qing (King) Zhang was appointed a Non-Executive Director in March 2013. He is Managing Director of the Special Investments Department at China Investment Corporation (CIC). Prior to joining CIC in 2009, King served in various senior level positions for Norinco Group in China. He was the Vice President at China ZhenhuaOil Co Ltd from 2004 to 2009.

Previously, he served as General Manager at Norinco Chemicals Ltd from 2001 to 2003, Vice General Manager at Norinco Armsports Ltd from 1998 to 2001 and Vice General Manager at Norconia GmbH from 1996 to 1998. King received his EMBA from School of Business at New York State University in 2003 and his bachelor's degree from Beijing University of Aeronautics & Astronautics in 1991.

Carol Hui, General Counsel and Group Company Secretary

Carol was appointed General Counsel and Group Company Secretary in March 2009. Prior to joining the Company, she was a Board Director and the General Counsel of Amey plc. She has held the positions of Group Legal Director of TDG plc and Deputy General Counsel of BG plc and was previously with Slaughter and May. She was awarded European General Counsel of the Year in 2008. Carol is a Non-Executive Director of Robert Walters plc and a Non-Executive Director and Trustee of Action for Blind People.

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