The Airport Board has huge ambition for the growth of the business and this appointment will see Fiona contribute to the development and delivery of the Airport’s strategic business plan.
During a career spanning over 35 years in the retail sector, Fiona has strong commercial experience with e-commerce, marketing and strategy understanding. Fiona also has general management and FTSE 100 executive committee experience.
Fiona oversaw the strategy, creation and leadership of the George clothing business at Asda. As a divisional CEO she also led and oversaw the creation of the Non-Food segment.
She also undertook the transformation of the family owned and controlled value retailer, Wilko Retail Ltd, undertaking a complete overhaul of its 370 store estate, rebranding of its products, creation of its first online shopping platform and opening of an office in Hong Kong. Fiona also served as a NED of its innovation division, W’Innovate.
Fiona went on to create the Marketing function for Greene King and drove its digital and social media strategy as it joined the FTSE 100 and continued to grow to become the UK’s largest pub retailer and hospitality business. She was a member of its five-strong Trading Board led by the Group CEO.
Fiona previously ran her own retail consultancy, undertaking major projects for clients including Boots, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda, Matalan, Etam, Focus Wickes and Dolland & Aitchison.
She is fluent in German and French and is married with two children.
Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: "I am delighted to welcome Fiona Gunn to the Board of Cardiff Airport as a Non-Executive Director. Fiona brings a new dimension to the Board with such strong commercial experience, having worked with some of the industry's major players.
“Alongside our two other Non-Executive Directors, Terry Morgan and Geraint Davies and our three Executive Directors we have a strong and dynamic Board with the right skill set to address the challenges of developing, operating and marketing an airport.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Margaret Llewelyn for her time on the Cardiff Airport Board which comes to an end this month. Her contribution as a Non-Executive Director since 2013 has been instrumental in our progress and opened many doors in the tourism and transport sector.”
“We have achieved much over the past few years and are forecasting continued growth as we move forward. We still have much to do but I am confident that with such a great team of people across all departments at Cardiff Airport we will deliver a sustainable airport as an important gateway for Wales and the UK."
Fiona Gunn, Non-Executive Director at Cardiff Airport added: “I am really excited to be joining Roger and the team at Cardiff Airport at such an important point in the growth of the business. It has been great to see all the positive developments at the airport over recent years and I look forward to working with the team to offer my experience and knowledge to help deliver even more growth.”
Cardiff Airport Executive Directors are Deb Barber - CEO, Spencer Birns - Commercial Director and Huw Lewis - Finance Director and Company Secretary.