Dalton Philips

UCD Alumni Award in Arts and Humanities

Dalton Philips

Dalton is the Chief Executive of the semi-state Dublin Airport Authority. His retailing career began as a store manager in New Zealand and he went on to become Chief Executive of Morrisons, the fourth largest supermarket chain in the UK. He has also served as Chief Executive of Brown Thomas.

Dalton Philips is the Group Chief Executive of daa plc since October 2017 and is a member of the Board of ACI Europe.

His career began with Jardine Matheson, with roles in New Zealand, Australia and Spain. He then spent seven years with Walmart in Brazil and Germany.

In 2005 Dalton joined the Weston family, as CEO of luxury goods retailer Brown Thomas Group, and in 2007 as Chief Operating Officer for Loblaw Companies Ltd; Canada’s largest retailer.

Between 2010 and 2015 Dalton was Chief Executive of Wm Morrison Plc, the UK’s 4th largest supermarket chain, and 2nd largest fresh food manufacturer. Morrisons has over 600 stores, employs approximately 120,000 people and serves 12.5 million customers every week.

Dalton has a BA from University College Dublin, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate of Management from Bradford University. Dalton is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and also holds a private pilot’s licence.