Limerick graduate is new Dublin airport boss

Newly appointed DAA interim chief executive Catherine Gubbins.

UNIVERSITY of Limerick graduate Catherine Gubbins has been appointed interim chief executive of the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

The company responsible for Cork and Dublin airports is seeking a successor to departed chief executive Dalton Phillips, who has left to take on the same job at food business Greencore.

Mr Phillips was widely criticised over his handling of the Dublin Airport travel disruption earlier this year, which at one stage, saw over 1,000 passengers miss their flights in one weekend due to lengthy security waiting times.

DAA said that it appointed Ms Gubbins, group chief financial officer, as interim chief executive while it continues the search for a permanent successor to Mr Phillips.

She will also become an ex officio member of DAA’s board of directors.

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Ms Gubbins joined DAA in 2014 as group financial controller. The company appointed her director of finance and to its executive management team in April 2019.

Ms Gubbins became group chief financial officer in February last year.

Before joining DAA, Ms Gubbins was a senior manager in the assurance and business advisory division of accountants PwC Ireland, where she worked for 16 years.

She has a primary degree in law and accounting from the University of Limerick and a master’s of accounting from UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Ms Gubbins is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and previously chaired the Leinster Society of Chartered Accountants.