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Monday 23 October 2017

Glenealy man Dalton takes charge at daa

Dalton Philips
Dalton Philips

Glenealy native Dalton Philips has been appointed as the new CEO of Dublin Airport Authority (daa).

The Wicklow man succeeds Kevin Toland, who is taking up a new role as CEO of troubled baked goods group Aryzta.

Mr Philips, who also once ran the Brown Thomas department store business, will start as the chief executive of the daa, which operates both Dublin and Cork airports, on October 2. He has been appointed for a seven-year term.

'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,' said Mr Philips.

'Our focus will continue to be on providing the best customer experience for the millions of passengers who travel through our airports every year.'

Mr Philips has held a number of senior leadership roles in retail and related industries, working in 14 countries for companies. As well as being Chief Executive of the Brown Thomas Group and Morrisons supermarket, he was also the Chief Operating Officer of leading Canadian retailer Loblaw. He is also a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, the global management consultancy.

He holds a BA (Hons) from University College Dublin, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an Honorary Doctorate of Management from Bradford University.

The son of the late Tim and Susan Philips, who previously owned the poultry agribusiness Ballyfree Eggs, Mr Philips has four sisters, Fiona, Scarlett, Georgina and Melanie. Outside of work he loves any number of activities with his family including long distance running, or low and slow cooking on his Big Green Egg barbecue.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross welcomed Mr Philips' appointment.

'I wish to congratulate Dalton Philips on being appointed as the new CEO of the daa. Mr Philips takes over the reins at a very important time for the daa Group which includes Dublin Airport, Cork Airport, ARI and daa.

'Dublin Airport in particular is experiencing unprecedented levels of growth. In 2016 Dublin was the fastest growing major airport in Europe as its passenger traffic increased by more than 11 per cent to 28 million.

'Growth of this magnitude has implications for the infrastructure at the Airport, in particular delivery of a second parallel runway. This will be a priority for the new CEO, as ensuring the provision of adequate capacity at Dublin Airport will be a key enabler for Irish economic growth for decades to come and is an essential element of national infrastructure. Mr Philips' extensive international experience and skill set will be key in leading the Company into the future.

'I am sure Mr Philips will face many other challenges, including Brexit in his role as CEO of this very important State Company.'

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