Javier Echave smiling.

Javier Echave

Chief Financial Officer,
Heathrow Airport Holdings

Chair, Wellbeing Leadership Team

Javier joined Heathrow Airport in 2008 and has served as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since 2016. His responsibilities include the enabling of a sustainable growth strategy and transforming Heathrow’s approach to risk, cost and investment. He leads the investment of Heathrow’s £35bn investment masterplan by driving long-term sustainable value generation to consumers and shareholders. He was closely involved in establishing the current capital structure and positioning Heathrow as a strong credit in the financial markets. This includes more than £10bn of fundraising since he became CFO. Recently, Javier successfully led Heathrow’s financial response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, creating an unprecedented 97% decline in revenue by securing business continuity and accelerating Heathrow’s recovery.

Javier is a member of Heathrow Airport Holdings Board of Directors, Chair of Heathrow’s Investment Committee and a Shareholder Representative at NATS Holding Limited.

Outside Heathrow, Javier co-chairs the UK CFO Leadership Network of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (‘A4S’) led by HRH The Prince of Wales. He chairs the Wellbeing Leadership Team for Business in the Community (BITC), the UK’s largest and longest established business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. He is also an executive mentor, member of The 100 Group, and teaches on strategy and change management at the MBA programme of UNIR Business School (Spain).

Prior to joining Heathrow, Javier worked across different roles within Ferrovial, a Spanish-based global operator of sustainable infrastructure.

Javier is married and father to four children, He is based in London, UK. Apart from being with his family, he enjoys playing tennis and traveling.