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dnata shakes up airport operations management structure

Dubai National Air Transport Association, or dnata, has announced a new management structure as part of the expansion of its International Airport Operations division.

The United Arab Emirates- based ground handling provider has created three new Regional Chief Executive Officer (CEO) roles, to take charge of the company’s 23,000-strong ground handling and cargo workforce across numerous countries.

“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,” said Stewart Angus, Divisional Senior Vice President, International Airport Operations.

“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 executives, who will report directly to Angus, include: Ross Marino, new Regional CEO, UK & Europe (Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the UK), Dirk Goovaerts, new Regional CEO, Asia Pacific (Australia, the Philippines and Singapore) and new Janis Balkens, Regional CEO, New and Emerging Markets (Brazil, Canada, Pakistan and Iraq).

The new management structure does not alter the airport operations in the UAE or the United States, which continue to be managed by Steve Allen and David Barker, respectively.