Former airport boss retires

Kerith McCoy was acting CEO following sacking of Jeremy Jackson

Former airport boss Kerith McCoy has retired as the reshuffle at the top of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority continues. 

Mr. McCoy was named acting CEO after the authority suspended and then fired its former chief, Jeremy Jackson. 

He held the post for 12 months but was replaced in the role by Andrew McLaughlin in December last year. At the time, the CIAA said the decision had been made because Mr. McCoy was on annual leave but declined to comment on whether he would be reinstated as acting chief when he returned. 

The authority later took out an advertisement in the Caymanian Compass explaining some of its “organizational changes” and indicating that the acting CEO position would rotate among senior staff until a permanent replacement for Mr. Jackson was found. 

Kirkland Nixon, chairman of the authority’s board of directors, confirmed this week that Mr. McCoy had retired. Caren Thompson Palacio, the authority’s business development and marketing manager, is also departing. 

The authority is in the process of attempting to recruit a new CEO. Mr. Jackson is still trying to clear his name after being fired last March, apparently on the basis of an internal audit ordered by then-chairman Richard Arch.  

Chief Financial Officer Shelly Ware, who was also fired by the CIAA, is bringing a lawsuit against the board, claiming it acted unlawfully and unfairly.  

In its December statement, the authority revealed that it had hired Deloitte to implement an improved management structure. 

“The new structure will accelerate innovation and enable a more efficient operating model as the CIAA embarks upon the redevelopment of the airport,” Mr. Nixon wrote at the time. 

The deadline for applications for the CEO position was Dec. 20. There are also vacancies in key executive management positions, including chief financial officer, according to the statement. 

The board plans to introduce four new executive management positions as part of its restructuring. These will include a new chief security officer and chief safety officer. 

A chief operating officer for technical operations will be hired to oversee airside operations, air traffic management, aeronautical information service and communication, navigation and surveillance.  

A second chief operating officer will also be recruited to take care of business development and marketing, customer and commercial services, information technology, facilities management and special projects.  


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