Convenience food group Greencore has appointed Dalton Philips as its new chief executive officer and chief executive officer.
Philips, CEO of airport operator daa, will join Greencore in September.
He will replace Patrick Coveney, who left the company at the end of March to take on the role of chief executive officer at SSP Group, an operator of food and drink outlets in travel venues, including Upper Crust.
Mr. Philios has been CEO of daa since October 2017 and was previously CEO of Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain, between 2010 and 2015.
He has also worked with the George Weston Group, including as COO of Loblaw Companies Limited, Canada’s leading grocery retailer, and CEO of the Brown Thomas Group.
Gary Kennedy, CEO of Greencore, said that in addition to his outstanding knowledge of the grocery industry, Dalton Philips has a strong track record of leading dynamic consumer-related businesses.
“We see him as the ideal candidate to lead Greencore into the next phase of its journey as it continues to emerge strong from the challenges of trade during the pandemic,” he said.
Until the arrival of Mr. Philips at the end of September, Mr. Kennedy said he will continue as chief executive, supported by Kevin Moore, the company’s deputy chief executive, and Emma Hynes, its chief financial officer.
Dalton Philips said he was very excited to join Greencore.
“I know from my time as a Greencore customer that this is a business with exceptional dynamism, adaptability and ambition, and one that is committed to the highest levels of product quality, customer service and sustainability,” he said.
“I am very much looking forward to joining their industry-leading team in September and helping to realize the significant future growth potential I see for this business,” he added.
Mr. Philips will continue his work at daa during the busy summer season ahead at Dublin and Cork airports.
With business in 15 countries around the world, daa’s main activities include the operation and management of Dublin and Cork airports, international airport retailing through Aer Rianta International, and airport management and consulting through Aer Rianta International. Daa International.
A competitive search process for a new DAA CEO will begin immediately, the company said.
Dalton Philips said he had been privileged to serve as CEO of “this exceptional organization and group of people.”
“I am incredibly grateful to the broader leadership team and staff at daa who have put their shoulders on the wheel during Covid, and especially in recent months, to bridge the gap between spiraling demand for air travel and the restoration of our full operational capability, expected next month,” he said.
“Having served as executive director of daa, I am more convinced than ever of the critical importance of our airports in Dublin and Cork as critical elements of the national infrastructure and economic enablers,” he said.
“Despite the unprecedented challenges that Covid imposed on our lives and livelihoods, our airports continued to provide essential and safe service at all times and are strongly positioned to remain a vital component of the next phase of economic growth and prosperity. of Ireland in the future,” he added. .
Basil Geoghegan, chairman of daa, said he was very sorry that a CEO of Dalton’s “caliber and experience” was leaving at the end of the summer.
“Daa had achieved significant growth under Dalton, resulting in record passenger numbers and strong financial performance before the onset of the recent global pandemic,” it noted.
“Dalton and his leadership team navigated DAA through the most challenging period in aviation history, keeping our staff and passengers safe, reducing our cost base and successfully raising €1.15 billion in additional liquidity,” he added. .