Adelaide Airport announces new Managing Director
Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) today announced the appointment of Brenton Cox as its new
Managing Director. Mr Cox will take up the position from December 10, 2021.
Chair Rob Chapman said Mr Cox, who has been AAL’s Executive General Manager Finance
and Corporate since 2013, brought considerable experience and a strong understanding of the
airport’s operations to the role.
“Mr Cox has played a key role in managing Adelaide Airport’s expansion and significant
passenger growth pre-COVID, and subsequently the airport’s response to COVID over the past
18 months,” Mr Chapman said.
“He led a number of business changing initiatives including securing the first loan in Australia
that incentivised a borrower to further improve its sustainability performance against a set of
Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) criteria.
“Mr Cox has demonstrated a clear vision for the growth of Adelaide Airport as we emerge from
the pandemic, from an aeronautical, property and business development perspective.”
Prior to joining AAL, Mr Cox was a non-executive director of Sydney Airport and Hobart Airport
and worked as an executive with Macquarie Airports and Macquarie Capital in London and
Mr Cox has a Masters of Law from the University of Cambridge in the UK and three
undergraduate degrees from Adelaide University including a First Class Honours degree in Law
and degrees in Commerce and Finance. He currently sits on the Boards of the SA Property
Council, SA Freight Council, is the Chair of Seymour College Board’s Finance, Risk and
Compliance Committee and is on the Adelaide University Business School Advisory Board.
Current Managing Director Mark Young will continue with AAL until December 10 to assist with
a smooth senior executive transition, after which he will focus on a career as a Non-Executive
Director outside of Adelaide Airport.
Mr Chapman congratulated Mr Young for overseeing an extraordinary period of growth since he
took over the role in 2011.
“Under Mark’s leadership the airport has developed a strong brand and staff culture. On his
watch, we have also seen several years of double-digit growth and welcomed Emirates, Qatar
Airways and China Southern to Adelaide for the first time,” Mr Chapman said.
“He has also overseen the current terminal expansion project, delivery of the Atura Hotel and
significant property development with the likes of Mitsubishi and OZ Minerals now
headquartered at Adelaide Airport.”