Budapest Airport appoints new CEO


Chris Dinsdale at Budapest Airport's Greenairport partner meeting in 2019.

Image by Budapest Airport

Chris Dinsdale is set to take over from Rolf Schnitzler as CEO of Budapest Airport Zrt. from the end of March, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Dinsdale has been CFO and deputy CEO of Budapest Airport since 2015. He was responsible not only for finance, but also the procurement, legal and IT departments of Budapest Airport, and served as the managing director of AFS Ltd., Budapest Airport's aviation fuel subsidiary. Prior to joining the airport, Chris Dinsdale served as CFO at Wildhorse Energy and as director at KPMG Hungary.

Schnitzler filled the position of CEO at the airport operator from August 2019. His appointment was for a temporary period, according to the press release. Under his management, the company implemented investments of nearly HUF 60 billion and prepared for the re-start of traffic in the future.

Gerhard Schroeder, chairman of the Board of Directors of Budapest Airport Zrt. said, “We thank Dr. Rolf Schnitzler for all his efforts in these difficult times. Thanks to the joint work of Dr. Rolf Schnitzler and Chris Dinsdale, Budapest Airport mastered the aviation crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic exceptionally well. With the growing number of vaccinations globally, the aviation industry is at the turning point of the crisis. From now on, crisis management is expected to be replaced by operational recovery management and a return to growth, which Budapest Airport will implement under the leadership of Chris Dinsdale.”


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