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Aviation chief to take over as Highways England new chief executive

Former airports boss Jim O’Sullivan has been announced as the next chief executive of Highways England.

Former airports boss Jim O’Sullivan has been named the new chief executive of Highways England.

He takes over from Graham Dalton, who announced his departure in January after seven years at the helm of predecessor body the Highways Agency.

O’Sullivan, an engineer, was previously managing director of the airports division at Heathrow Airport Holdings - formerly BAA - meaning he was responsible for all of its airports outside Heathrow.

He will formally start at Highways England on 1 July.

He joins Highways England chairman Colin Matthews, who used to be chief executive of Heathrow Airport.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin added: “Jim’s experience of leading world-class infrastructure companies means I can be confident he will ensure that the benefits of the record investment this government is making in our roads deliver for drivers and businesses across the whole of the UK on time and on budget.”

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