Dnata shakes up global leadership team


Three key senior management appointments have been made within the global leadership team at air and travel services provider, Dnata. The shake-up at the board is intended to provide expertise that will help the company adapt to changing global trends, and drive synergies and efficiencies across its operations.

The first appointment sees John Bevan become divisional senior vice president for travel on 1 June 2021, overseeing all aspects of Dnata’s travel business, managing a portfolio of over 30 B2B and consumer brands across more than 20 countries. Bevan has been with the company for over three years, most recently serving as CEO of Dnata Travel Europe. Before joining Dnata he held a number of senior positions within the travel industry in the UK and USA.

Robin Padgett, who has been leading Dnata’s global catering operations for seven years, will expand his responsibilities as divisional senior vice president for catering and retail. The expansion of his role is in line with the company’s strategy to promote buy on board activities and further diversify its catering operations. Padgett will manage a team of culinary and retail professionals delivering products and services to customers across various industries – including airlines – in 12 countries.

Finally, Stewart Angus has been appointed divisional senior vice president for airport operations, leading the company’s airport operations at the two Dubai airports in the United Arab Emirates, and ensuring quality and safety for airline customers in 14 countries. This responsibility is in addition to his role managing Dnata’s international ground handling and cargo business, which he has done since 2004.

All three divisional senior VPs will report to Steve Allen, Dnata’s executive vice president.

“The appointment of John to the management team and the expansion of our experienced leaders’ roles will help us emerge from the current, challenging environment as a fitter, leaner business that consistently provides service excellence to customers across the globe,” stated Allen.

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