The Board of Directors of Vancouver Airport Authority has announced the appointment of Tamara Vrooman as president & chief executive officer, effective July 1, 2020.
Vrooman succeeds Craig Richmond who announced in November 2019 that he would be retiring at the end of June 2020 after seven years leading the organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Vrooman joins YVR following 13 years as president and chief executive officer of Vancity, Canada’s largest community credit union. She assumed leadership of Vancity at the beginning of the global financial crisis and transformed the business and service model, delivering record profitability and doubling its assets. During her tenure, Vancity has become a global reference point and Ms. Vrooman has been a leading voice in the Canadian and international financial sectors, demonstrating a successful new vision for values-based banking.
The Board of Directors conducted a global search for Richmond’s replacement with the assistance of a leading international executive search firm. Vrooman recused herself from Board activity in 2019 in order to participate as a candidate in the executive search process. She will be the first woman to lead YVR.
Prior to joining Vancity, Vrooman served as Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia, where she oversaw the government’s annual $100-billion borrowing and cash requirements and its $36-billion fiscal plan. She has been a leading voice in B.C., Canada and abroad for sustainable finance and investing, climate change measurement and reporting, and diversity and inclusion. She was named Business in Vancouver’s BC CEO of the Year (Major Private Company) in 2015.
Vrooman was recognized with the Order of British Columbia in 2019.