Daa chief Dalton Philips to leave airport operator after busy summer season

By Luke Barras-hill |

A competitive search to replace Philips will begin immediately. Source: daa.

Dublin and Cork Airports operator daa Group has announced that Chief Executive Officer Dalton Philips will stand down from his role in September.

Philips, who joined daa in 2017, is due to take up a new position as CEO of Greencore Group plc.

He will continue to lead state-owned daa, which counts travel retail subsidiary Aer Rianta International within its operations, through what is expected to be a busy summer period at Cork and Dublin Airports.

Basil Geoghegan, Chairman, daa, said: “I am extremely sorry that a CEO of Dalton’s calibre and experience will leave us at the end of the summer; daa had achieved significant growth under Dalton’s tenure, resulting in record passenger numbers and a strong financial performance before the onset of the recent global pandemic.

“Dalton and his leadership team navigated daa through the most challenging period in the history of aviation, keeping our staff and passengers safe, reducing our cost base and successfully raising €1.15 billion in additional liquidity.

DAA ‘WELL POSITIONED’

“Dalton’s collegiate approach has fostered a superb leadership team at daa that is set to deliver a new runway at Dublin Airport over the coming months, on time and on budget and has also spearheaded the development of a €2 billion investment plan that positions daa for continued and sustainable growth into the future. I have been honoured to work with Dalton over the past five years and wish him every success in his new role.”

The Loop at Cork Airport. Source: daa.

Philips added: “It has been my privilege to serve as CEO of this exceptional organisation and group of people. I am incredibly grateful to the broader leadership team and staff of daa who have put their shoulder to the wheel throughout Covid, and especially over recent months, in bridging the gap between spiralling demand for air travel and the restoration of our full operational capacity, expected next month.

“Having served as Chief Executive of daa I am more convinced than ever of the fundamental importance of our airports at Dublin and Cork as critical elements of national infrastructure and economic enablers. Despite the unprecedented challenges Covid imposed on our lives and livelihoods, our airports continued to provide an essential and safe service throughout and are strongly positioned to remain a vital component of Ireland’s next phase of economic growth and prosperity well into the future.”

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