Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hunt still on for Shannon CEO

Neil Pakey. Photo: Tom Burke
Neil Pakey. Photo: Tom Burke

The search for a new chief executive to head Shannon Group continues. Last December, the company, which operates Shannon Airport, announced that incumbent Neil Pakey was leaving the post when his contract expires this year.

Mr Pakey, a Scotsman, is now on gardening leave, it's understood.

And three months after he announced his departure, the Shannon Group board is still hunting for a replacement.

Industry insiders say that so far a number of people have been approached about the job, but it seems that so far no one has been willing to take the plunge.

The Punt believes the trawl for a new CEO has been far and wide so far.

Shannon Group is headed by chairman Rose Hynes, and apart from controlling the airport, its interests also include Shannon Heritage.

No doubt she's keen not to have the CEO position left vacant for too long, but finding the right replacement who's able to work closely with the board while also focusing on the day job is never easy.

An aviation veteran, Pakey joined Shannon Group in 2013, just five months after the airport gained independence from the DAA, which now controls Dublin and Cork airports.

Irish Independent

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