dnata introduces new management structure

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July 25, 2019: Ground handler dnata has added three newly created regional chief executive officer (CEO) roles to its new management structure.

Reporting directly to Stewart Angus, Divisional senior vice president, International Airport Operations, the regional CEOs assume responsibility for dnata’s ground handling and cargo operations in multiple countries, managing a total workforce of 23,000 employees.

Ross Marino, a member of the dnata team since 2005, has been appointed regional CEO, UK & Europe. In his new role, Marino will oversee dnata’s operations at 13 airports in Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

Dirk Goovaerts, who has joined dnata in 2019 as regional CEO, Asia Pacific, is responsible for managing dnata’s businesses at 10 airports in Australia, the Philippines and Singapore.

Janis Balkens, who was promoted to regional CEO, new and emerging markets in 2018, will continue to lead the company’s operations at 35 airports in Brazil, Canada, Pakistan and Iraq.

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

Stewart Angus, Divisional senior vice president, International Airport Operations, dnata said: “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.”

The new structure, which has been implemented gradually, reflects the robust expansion of its international airport operations division.

The new structure of dnata’s international airport operations does not affect dnata’s ground handling and cargo operations in the UAE, which continues to be managed by dnata’s UAE airport operations division, under the leadership of Steve Allen, divisional senior vice president.

dnata provides reliable ground handling and cargo services at 88 airports in 14 countries, handling 700,000 aircraft and moving 3.1 million tonnes of cargo annually.

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