dnata expands and re-structures international airport operations division
26 / 07 / 2019
By Rachelle Harry
dnata has introduced a new management structure following the expansion of its international airport operations division.
The new management structure includes three newly created regional chief executive officer (CEO) roles. Reporting directly to Stewart Angus, divisional senior vice president, international airport operations, the regional CEOs will manage dnata’s workforce of 23,000 employees and assume responsibility for the company’s ground handling and cargo operations.
- 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 joined dnata in 2019 as regional CEO, Asia Pacific, will be 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 handling operations at 28 airports in the United States, will continue to be overseen by David Barker, CEO of dnata USA. The organisation’s ground handling and cargo operations in the UAE, will continue to be managed by its UAE airport operations division, under the leadership of Steve Allen, divisional senior vice president.
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.”
dnata provides quality, safe and reliable ground handling and cargo services at 88 airports in 14 countries with a team of over 30,000 dedicated employees, handling 700,000 aircraft and moving 3.1 million tonnes of cargo annually. Since 2015, the company has added five countries to its global network and expanded its staff with 10,000 aviation professionals.