Former Brown Thomas CEO Dalton Philips to succeed Kevin Toland as boss of DAA

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Retail sector veteran Dalton Philips has been appointed CEO of DAA to succeed Kevin Toland and will take up the role on October 2.

The Dubliner has a track record in the retail sector, which would be seen as an asset given the importance of The Loop shopping area and the entry of drinks giants to the terminals at Dublin Airport. He was Chief Executive of the Brown Thomas Group from 2005 to 2007, and from 2007 to 2010 he was the Chief Operating Officer of Canadian retailer Loblaw Companies. His next major job in retail was from 2010-2015, where he ran Britain’s giant Morrisons supermarket group.

New DAA CEO Dalton Philips

Dalton (49), who grew up on the family poultry farm in Co. Wicklow, has a BA from University College Dublin, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate of Management from Bradford University. He lives in Wicklow. He has also worked for massive US retailer Wal-Mart and had an early one-year stint at Enterprise Ireland. He is also a Senior Advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, the global management consultancy and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Byron Hamburgers and industrial plastics grou One51.

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DAA chairman Pádraig Ó Ríordáin said: “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.”

Dalton Philips said: “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 4.4pc 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 customer experience for the millions of passengers who travel through our airports every year.”

Mr Philips has been appointed for a seven-year term. Kevin Toland will leave the business on September 7.

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