Kenny Jacobs takes over at DAA

Dublin and Cork airport operator DAA has appointed former Ryanair executive Kenny Jacobs as the company’s new CEO.

We will take up the role in January for a seven-year term. Dalton Philips left the company at the end of the summer and is now the head of publicly traded food company Greencore.

DAA CFO Catherine Gubbins has served as interim CEO since she left.

DAA, formerly Dublin Airport Authority, became the focus of intense scrutiny in late May when passengers at Dublin Airport experienced huge security delays with hundreds of missing flights. The state-owned company had laid off more than 1,000 employees during the pandemic.

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.

The Covid crisis has brought the company 387 million euros in losses over the past two years.

Kenny Jacobs was Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer for six years until 2020, having joined the airline in January 2014 from, where he was also Chief Marketing Officer.

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. Kenny Jacobs takes over at DAA

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