By Melody Ng, Asia Bureau Chief www.moodiereport.com
UAE. Dubai Airports has appointed Eugene Barry as Vice President, Commercial – an expanded role encompassing the entire commercial portfolio, combining both the retail services and property departments.
Dubai Airports said the appointment was “in line with the airport company’s strategy to offer seamless customer experience across the facility and boost non-aeronautical revenue at Dubai International and Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International”.
Barry has been with Dubai Airports as Vice President of Retail since August 2009, and is also Dubai Airports’ nominated member on the Board of Emirates Flight Catering.
In his new role as Vice President, Commercial Barry is responsible for optimising and delivering Dubai Airports’ non-aeronautical revenue, which includes airport retail services, food & beverage, the advertising concession, hotels and lounges, car parks, property portfolio and managing key stakeholder relationships.
Before joining Dubai Airports in August 2009 Barry was Vice President for DFS Retail Operations in the Middle East, and was responsible for establishing and managing DFS’s duty free operation at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Associated with the travel retail industry since 1994, Barry started in airport operations with Aer Rianta at Cork Airport in Ireland. He moved to the Middle East in 1996 as Business Development Manager for Aer Rianta International.
He joined Dubai Duty Free as Commercial Development Manager in 2000 and in 2006 he moved to Dufry taking on the role of General Manager for Sharjah Duty Free. He was subsequently promoted to Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Dufry in the Middle East region.