Javier Echave, Chief Financial Officer at Heathrow Airport
Javier joined Heathrow in January 2008 and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 2016. He is responsible for leading the organisation financially by enabling a sustainable growth strategy and transforming Heathrow’s approach to risk, cost and investment. He leads the investment of our multi billion capital plan driving long-term sustainable value generation to consumers and shareholders.
He was closely involved in establishing the current capital structure and positioning Heathrow as a strong credit in the financial markets, including more than £10bn of fundraising since he became CFO. Recently, Javier has successfully led Heathrow’s financial response to the global pandemic creating an unprecedented 97% decline in revenue by securing business continuity and accelerating its recovery. Javier is Board Member, member of the Executive Committee and chair of the Investment Committee.
Outside Heathrow, Javier co-chairs the European Leadership Network of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (‘A4S’) under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. He also chairs the Wellbeing Leadership Team of Business In the Community, the UK largest and longest established business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. Javier provides classes on strategy and change management at the MBA programme of UNIR Business School (Spain). Prior to joining Heathrow, Javier worked as senior manager with Ferrovial, a Spanish-based global operator of sustainable infrastructure.