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Avalon Airport CEO to leave for new post in Saudi Arabia

written by Jake Nelson | May 20, 2024

Avalon Airport CEO Tony Brun at the 2024 Singapore Airshow. (Image: Tony Brun/LinkedIn)

The CEO of Melbourne’s Avalon Airport is leaving to take up a new role overseas.

Tony Brun, who has served as Avalon’s CEO since the exit of Justin Giddings in October 2022, announced that he was stepping down from his role at Melbourne’s secondary airport to take up “a new Chief Executive opportunity in Saudi Arabia”.

“I have thoroughly appreciated the strong leadership and support from David Fox and Dennis Richardson who have served as my Chairs during my time as CEO,” Brun said on LinkedIn.

“I also acknowledge the absolute honour and privilege of working under Lindsay Fox, one of Australia’s leading and great businessmen. A genuine family man and icon of this nation. His vision and commitment to his values of trust, integrity and loyalty have provided incredible learning and inspiration for me.

“I also recognise the Avalon team – what an amazing lean, mean fighting machine they are. Passionate, committed and driven with an unwavering focus on delivering exceptional outcomes. I wish them all the very best and know they’ll keep kicking goals and delivering wins that no-one else expected or believed possible.”

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In a statement, Linfox Airports executive chairman David Fox congratulated Brun on his tenure as CEO of Avalon, saying he had done “great work in building the capacity of the Avalon team, providing a framework of direction, objective and measure of success and empowering his team to reach their full potential”.

“In his time at Avalon, Tony has overseen a repositioning and progression of the business including reinforcing the role of Melbourne Avalon Airport being Victoria and Melbourne’s secondary 24/7 international airport,” said Fox.

“Further, his work around the redevelopment of the organisational strategy and the new Master Plan, to be released soon, will position Avalon as Australia’s premier intermodal economic and employment hub realising our founder, Lindsay Fox’s vision.

“Tony has also materially progressed some major and exciting initiatives which we now expect to continue and progress to final commercials and announcements. His positive change and impacts will reflect his legacy on this critical national important asset.”

Brun will remain CEO of Avalon Airport until 28 June, with further details on organisational arrangements at Avalon to be announced “over the coming weeks”.

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