Ex-Morrisons chief Dalton Philips named as daa CEO

By Luke Barras-hill |


New daa CEO Dalton Philips has been appointed on a seven-year term.

The board of daa has today announced Dalton Philips as its new CEO on a seven-year term, effective 2 October.

Philips takes up the leadership role at Ireland’s state-owned airport authority, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, following the earlier announcement that current incumbent Kevin Toland is departing to head up publicly quoted food company ARYZTA AG. Toland will officially leave the business on 7 September.

Commenting on the appointment, DAA chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin said: “We are delighted that Dalton is joining us. He combines extensive international experience with deep strategic insight and an outstanding track record of operational delivery.

“His leadership will be critical to daa as we address the challenges of Brexit and the delivery of the North Runway at Dublin Airport, while maintaining growth of our airports and the international businesses. Like Kevin before him, I know Dalton is going to make a real difference.”


Kevin Toland is set to leave the business in September.


Born in Dublin, Philips has held a number of senior management posts in the retail industry, working in 14 countries for firms including Walmart, Morrisons and Canadian food retailer Loblaw.

He is also a senior advisor to global management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group.


Philips added: “daa plays an essential role within the Irish economy, with Dublin and Cork airports alone generating or facilitating more than 100,000 jobs in the Irish economy and contributing the equivalent of 4.4% of GDP.

“I’m delighted to take up this role after a long career abroad and am looking forward to working with daa’s strong and ambitious team as well as all the key stakeholders. Our focus will continue to be on providing the best.”

To read more about daa’s latest financial performance, including insight and analysis on retail subsidiary ARI, watch out for the October issue of TRBusiness.

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