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Management Team

Jack MacGowan, Chief Executive Officer

Jack was appointed Chief Executive Officer in August 2011 having previously held the role of Chief Commercial Officer, daa with responsibility for all commercial operations in Ireland including retail, car parks, marketing and property concessions. Prior to joining daa in 2005, Jack worked with Tesco, first as Head of Marketing for Tesco Ireland and later as Non-Food Marketing Director in the UK.  An engineer by profession, Jack’s other career roles include marketing and general management positions at Diageo in the UK, USA, Russia and Greece and a period in the London office of business consultants, McKinsey & Company.

Gerry Crawford, Chief Operations Officer

Gerry joined daa after graduation with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin.  He held various finance management roles before being recruited to the daa’s international retail management programme. Subsequently, he spent 14 years overseas with Aer Rianta International, holding senior management positions in Eastern Europe, Middle East, The Levant and the Mediterranean. Prior to taking up the role of Director - Retail Operations, his most recent posts were Head of Retail & Concessions (Ireland), Procurement & Logistics Manager – Middle East and General Manager of the award winning Cyprus Duty Free. Gerry also holds an MBA from Warwick Business School.

Anthony Kenny, Director Finance & ARI Ireland

Anthony joined the company in December 2012, having previously worked in daa for 4 years as Head of Commercial Business Development and before that as Head of Commercial & Retail Finance. Anthony held senior management roles in Hagemeyer Ireland and Irish Continental Group., plc and qualified as a Chartered Accountant working for Deloitte.

Philip Eckles, Director of Global Implementation 

Philip, who has close to 20 years senior management experience in ARI, and prior to taking on his current role  as Chief Executive Officer, Aer Rianta International Middle East (ARIME).  Philip’s stellar career with ARI has also included periods as Operations Manager in Pakistan and England and General Manager in Ukraine and North America. He also served as Commercial Adviser to the company on a number of key projects in locations such as Birmingham in the UK and Sofia in Bulgaria.

Paul Neeson, Global Buying & Merchandising Director

A career retailer, Paul joined the company in 2000 and was previously Retail Director with responsibility for ARI Ireland’s retail and food and beverage operations at Dublin and Cork Airports.  Prior to ARI held a variety of senior management roles in Virgin Retail, including General Manager Ireland and Northern Europe and Regional Manager Central England.

Nicola Wells, Director – Global Customer Strategy and Marketing

Nicola began her career on the graduate programme at Masterfoods in the UK in 1995 fulfilling a number of field sales and regional management roles. She joined Britvic in 1998, broadening her commercial experience in a number of increasingly senior roles before moving into consumer marketing in 2001, managing major household brands such as Pepsi, 7-Up, Robinsons, Fruit Shoot and J20, before relocating to Ireland in 2007 with PepsiCo. Prior to joining ARI’s parent company, daa in 2011, Nicola was a member of the Senior Management Team of PepsiCo Ireland Food & Beverage. She joined ARI in 2012 as Head of Global Customer Strategy and was appointed Director of Global Customer Strategy and Marketing in 2013

John Boland, Global Business Development Director

John has worked with the Aer Rianta / daa group for the past 23 years holding position in airport operations and property development in the Irish airports before joining the international subsidiary, Aer Rianta International. He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the National University of Ireland and certification from the Institute of Marketing in Ireland. Prior to taking up his role within the group’s Middle East subsidiary, he held a number of senior positions within ARI including Head of Human Resources and Head of Corporate Affairs. 

Patricia Kenny, Global HR Director

Patricia Kenny joined ARI in February 2017 and is based in Dublin.  Prior to joining the group, Patricia held a number of senior leadership positions including HR Director Paddy Power Betfair (FTSE 100, Global Sports, Betting and Gaming operator); HR Director McCann FitzGerald (Leading European Corporate Law Firm); Global HR Director Deutsche Bank based in London and Vice President Human Resources Citigroup, based in the UK, USA and Canada.  Patricia is a Chartered member of the CIPD, a member of the British Psychological Society and Accredited Executive Coach.  She holds a Masters in Business Studies, Human Resources and a Post Graduate Diploma on Business Studies from University College Dublin and a BA in Geography and Human Development from Dublin City University. 

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