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Shannon’s story Friday 21st March, 2014

Shannon’s story

The mid-west chapter of the MBAAI held a strategy event on Wednesday 12th March in the Kemmy Business School UL. The speaker for the evening was Neil Pakay CEO of the Shannon Airport Authority. Neil has over 30 years’ experience in the industry, with a strong track record in delivering airport passenger numbers and revenue growth. He currently is the Senior Director of Network Marketing of the Vantage Airports Group with responsibility for 18 airports worldwide, including airports in Canada, Cyprus, the Caribbean and the UK. From 2002 to 2010, Neil was Managing Director of Liverpool John Lennon Airport, one of Europe's fastest growing airports, where he led the growth in passenger numbers from 867,000 passengers per year to 5.5 million. Neil also held senior management positions at Manchester Airport plc, where he helped grow passenger numbers from less than 6 million passengers per year to more than 16 million.

Neil s experience of operating and running airports has certainly been Shannon Airport’s gain. His presentation entitled “Cleared for Takeoff Shannon Airport's Strategic Transformation” was witty and entertaining. He drew many comparisons between Shannon Airport and Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport. He was very confident that his objectives for Shannon Airport can be met. He was clearly amazed by the goodwill that has been shown to him since taking on his new role. However, he does need lots of local support so that Shannon Airport will be the airport of choice for the people living on the Western Seaboard. He acknowledged that Shannon Heritage are doing tremendous work in promoting Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Kerry and the surrounding areas. He spoke about the backing that he has received from the agencies, the hotel industry and various chambers of commerce.

Pictured at the event are (left to right) Philip O'Regan, Dean Kemmy Business School, Maureen Curtin, MBAAI Chairperson Mid West Chapter, Neil Pakey CEO Shannon Airport Authority, Myles Gardiner and Gerard Bracken, Mid West MBAAI committee.

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