John T Smith, a Chartered Manager with over 28 years international experience in the aviation industry, joined The airports Authority having years of experience in general management, project management and financial management. As the CEO of a growing nest of airports, he has successfully restructured the Airports Authority into a revenue centre within his first year of joining in September 2007. With his holistic, system methodology but tempered aggressive style of management he has engineered and led the acquisition of the 65% of the Joint Venture Company Providenciales Airport Company, giving 100% ownership to Airports Authority. Having acquired the asset he proceeded to successfully source financing for the redevelopment of the gateway airport of Providenciales International, a fully self financing project, at a cost of $110M.
His style of management saw him embark on a mission to increase airlift by working with carriers to start-up and increase flight into the Turks and Caicos Islands – the latest being Jet Blue. As CEO, Mr. Smith is responsible for management oversight of the Airports Authority’s Airports, their development and construction, the Authority’s $....M budget and approximately one hundred and twenty employees. With his specialization training and experience in Six Sigma, and Lean Manufacturing Techniques he looks forward to, and is well equipped to taking on the exciting challenges ahead, of multiplying profits, completing a world class airport facility and increasing airlift by triple digits.
Through all of this John remains an active and contributing member of the Chartered Managers Institute (UK), the Institute of Directors (UK), and the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK).. John places much emphasis on the TAR principles – transparency, accountability and responsibility, believing that humility is a pillar of strength and performance the bedrock of success.