DAA, which operates Dublin and Cork airports, is cutting its list of candidates for the chief executive post after casting its net at home and abroad to fill the vacancy.
Former Ryanair chief marketing officer Kenny Jacobs is believed to be still in the running for the job.
A few other high-profile figures who were approached about the position are believed to have declined to take on the role. They include former Ryanair and EasyJet manager Peter Bellew and former Aer Lingus and Emirates manager Enda Corneille.
A number of internal candidates have thrown their hats in the ring for the post, sources say.
The semi-state-owned company recently appointed Catherine Gubbins as interim managing director. She joined the group in 2014 as Group Financial Controller and became a member of DAA’s Executive Management Team in 2019.
Ms. Gubbins was appointed Chief Financial Officer early last year. She could be a strong internal candidate for the full-time position.
Dalton Philips, who was appointed chief executive of the DAA in 2017, left that position this month to join Irish food group Greencore as CEO.
The final months of his tenure proved to be a whirlwind for the executive branch.
DAA, formerly Dublin Airport Authority, became the focus of intense scrutiny in late May when passengers at Dublin Airport experienced huge security delays last month, causing hundreds of flights to be canceled.
“Dublin Airport entered 2022 with a significantly reduced staffing capacity, a few months ahead of the steepest rise in air traffic in its history,” Mr Philips said in June.
“Despite the Herculean efforts of DAA staff, this discrepancy between capacity and timing is having an unfortunate impact on service delivery and quality.”
DAA has beefed up security at the capital’s air gateway in time for the summer’s biggest rush of holidaymakers.
The airport operator made a pre-extraordinary loss of 103 million euros last year, compared to a pre-extraordinary loss of 183 million euros in 2020.
Mr Philips said DAA’s losses came as more than 1,000 employees were laid off during the pandemic.
The Covid crisis has brought the company 387 million euros in losses over the past two years.
The Chief Executive role at DAA encompasses a wide range of stakeholders, from airlines to local community groups.
It is also a task that requires a significant level of political and trade union commitment.
Mr Philips was dragged before the Oireachtas Transport Committee in June after a weekend of turbulence for passengers at the airport.
Last week the Siptu union threatened industrial action in a dispute over wage payments at Dublin Airport.
Dublin Airport is currently in an ongoing capital infrastructure investment phase.
The new €320 million runway was opened in the summer, while a number of other major projects are planned.
Cork Airport also saw an increase in passenger numbers. In the second quarter of this year, 643,000 were handled, which is 88 percent of the number in the corresponding quarter of 2019.
https://www.independent.ie/business/jobs/daa-closer-to-forming-a-shortlist-for-its-top-job-following-departure-of-dalton-philips-42016009.html DAA is nearing formation of a shortlist for his top job following the departure of Dalton Philips