BIRMINGHAM Airport boss Paul Kehoe has been recognised with a CBE award for his contribution to the thriving West Midlands region and economy.
Mr Kehoe, President of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, led a substantial transformation at Birmingham Airport since he joined the business in October 2008.
Under his leadership, the airport has built relationships with new carriers, grown passenger numbers to more than 12 million, and delivered significant economic value to the region.
Mr Kehoe has been increasingly involved in successfully promoting the West Midlands Region as chairman of Marketing Birmingham, president of the Chamber and in a new capacity as chairman of the West Midlands Growth Company.
Earlier this month it was announced that Paul would be stepping down as chief executive of the airport in order to focus more on his regional commitments.
Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce chief executive Paul Faulkner said: “I’d like to congratulate our president Paul Kehoe on this tremendous honour.
“It is a well-deserved honour for a true business leader who has worked tirelessly to promote the Greater Birmingham region.”
John Hudson, chairman of Birmingham Airport, added: “On behalf of the Board and the Airport I would like to congratulate Paul on this fantastic achievement.
“Paul has established himself as a true regional leader and is extremely deserving of this award.
“His work with local communities along with his drive to make Birmingham and the Midlands region more connected on a global scale is continuing to make the regional economy thrive. Going forward we wish him every success.”
Paul will be awarded his CBE later this year.