Dubai's Dnata shakes up senior structure amid global expansion

Dubai-based air services provider Dnata has introduced a new global management structure
Dnata, Air services, Air cargo, Uae


Dubai-based air services provider Dnata has introduced a new management structure to reflect the expansion of its international airport operations division.

The company said the new set-up enables it to provide excellent brand and service experiences to all customers across its global operations.

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The new structure, which has been implemented gradually, includes three newly created regional CEO roles reporting directly to Stewart Angus, divisional senior vice president, International Airport Operations.

The move comes as Dnata has significantly increased its global footprint through acquisitions, partnerships, as well as organic growth over the past years. Since 2015, the company has added five countries to its global network and expanded its staff with 10,000 aviation professionals.

Dnata said the regional CEOs will assume responsibility for its ground handling and cargo operations in multiple countries, managing a total workforce of 23,000 employees.

Ross Marino has been appointed regional CEO, UK & Europe, Dirk Goovaerts will be responsible for 10 airports in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore while Janis Balkens will continue to lead the company’s operations at 35 airports in Brazil, Canada, Pakistan and Iraq.

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Dnata’s handling operations in the United States, which covers 28 airports, will continue to be overseen by David Barker, CEO of Dnata USA.

Angus said: “Over the past few years we have evolved into a leading, global player in air services by continually enhancing our operations, entering new markets and significantly strengthening our team.

“Our new regional structure allows us to get closer to our business and customers, operating with consistent standards and systems. It helps us leverage synergies across the regions and above all, ensure we constantly provide the best possible services to our customers at every airport.”

Dnata said the new structure does not affect the company’s ground handling and cargo operations in the UAE.

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