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  • Basil Geoghegan Appointed DAA Chairman Designate
  • Will resign as non executive director of IAA

Tourism Minister Shane Ross has appointed Basil Geoghegan as Chairman designate of DAA.

Basil has been non-executive Director of the Irish Aviation Authority since 2013, a position from which he will step down prior to his taking up the position of DAA Chair.

He previously worked for Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, in which role he advised Aer Lingus on its flotation, and then Managing Director with Citigroup in Britain and Ireland, and he also  He is currently based in London and a Partner of PJT Partners, a US based publicly listed advisory investment bank. He holds an LL.B from Trinity College, Dublin and an LL.M. from the European University Institute, Florence, is a Patron of The Ireland Fund of Great Britain, and is a qualified solicitor, having worked with Slaughter and May in London.

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DAA operates Dublin and Cork airports and the global travel retail business ARI, which has shops in 12 countries, and daa International, which manages Terminal 5 at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

A supplied quote from Basil Geoghegan reads: “I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to help Dalton Philips and his team build on the world-class airport and travel retail business that is daa, and to take it to the next level of growth and service. Over the course of my career I have worked with many aviation businesses and I look forward to bringing this experience to the role. I believe there are extensive opportunities for daa – both at home and abroad – and I look forward to playing my part in helping the company realise these.”

DAA Chief Executive Dalton Philips said in a supplied statement: “Basil’s global business and financial experience, particularly in the aviation sector, will be of great assistance to myself and my team as we build on daa’s existing strong position. I would also like to thank daa’s former Chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, who has been an excellent steward of daa over the last seven years, and leaves the company in a very strong position, with huge growth opportunities.”

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