Departure Announced

Saint John, New Brunswick – Saint John Airport President and CEO Derrick Stanford has shared his intention to step down from the role, the Airport’s Board of Directors confirmed today.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Derrick for his commitment and dedicated service to the Saint John Airport,” said Mark Bettle, Chair of the Board of Directors. “His leadership and vision have been tremendous assets, benefiting not just the airport but the extended community it serves.”

Since Stanford’s 2016 appointment, the Saint John Airport has seen multiple, consecutive years of record-breaking passenger growth, major capital improvements and enhancements to passenger experience, as well as the attraction of new routes and carriers.

“While the global COVID-19 pandemic had a sudden and devastating impact on the entire travel industry, we had been set up to withstand the crisis,” Bettle added. “We are committed to our region. We will continue operating for private air service and medical emergencies and are standing by to fully serve southern New Brunswick as soon as travel returns.”

Director of Finance and Administration, Greg Hierlihy, will lead airport operations in the interim, as the board launches a search for the next President & CEO. Stanford will spend the next few weeks working with the Board and Airport team to ensure a smooth transition. Stanford’s last day on the job is March 10, 2021.

“While Derrick’s departure will undoubtedly be felt, we are in good, experienced hands. Greg will lead our recovery strategy to restore operations and help YSJ get back to the good work we were doing providing excellent air service, building our economy and strengthening our region, pre-COVID,” Bettle said. “We wish them both the very best.”

The board of directors will engage an external recruitment firm and launch a comprehensive search for the next President and CEO this month.


The Saint John Airport Inc. is a community-based, not-for-profit corporation serving the air travel needs of southwestern New Brunswick.

For more information:

Anne McInerney                                                                  Mark Bettle I (506) 650-6572                  

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