Published on January 12th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer


Ms. Rose Hynes Appointed as Chairman of IAA Board

The Minister for Transport, Mr Eamon Ryan, T.D., has today announced Ms Rose Hynes as Chairman of the IAA board on an interim basis. Ms Hynes has worked on a number of roles in the aviation over the years. She was appointed as a board  member of the Shannon Airport Authority in 2003. She headed up the Aviation Business Development Task Force that led to Shannon’s separation from the daa and was establishing chairperson of Shannon Airport and later, Shannon Group when it was formally established in 2014. Ms Hynes also oversaw the establishment of the Shannon Group as it merged the property portfolio of the former Shannon Development, now Shannon Commercial Properties and its tourism attractions operation, Shannon Heritage. Outside of the aviation field, Ms Hynes also served time as Chair of Bord Gáis and later Ervia, during which the Company underwent significant institutional and commercial changes.

Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the IAA.

Welcoming the announcement, Mr Peter Kearney, Chief Executive of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said, “The IAA looks forward to working with Ms. Hynes as the Chairman of the IAA. The IAA has always been about providing a safe, high quality, customer-focused service.  Ms. Hynes will now play a key role in the continued evolution of the Company, particularly as we face the challenges brought about by COVID-19, for the IAA and the aviation sector. Ms Hynes will also guide us through the important restructuring of the IAA’s responsibilities, which is expected to conclude this year. I look forward to working with the new Chairman to ensure we continue to maintain our position as a leading service provider in Europe.”

Also commenting on the appointment, Minister Ryan said, “Rose brings a wealth of aviation knowledge and boardroom experience to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), and her strong leadership will ensure that the IAA will embrace important reforms and emerge better equipped to serve Irish aviation into the future.  Irish aviation is at a low ebb because of the impact of Covid-19, but it is one of the most robust sectors of our economy, and the companies and people who make up the industry make Ireland a genuine global leader. Looking to the future, the reforms planned for the IAA will ensure that Ireland has a best practice regulatory regime to support the recovery and sustainable growth of the industry, which in turn will help drive our broader economic recovery.  I want to thank Rose for agreeing to take this difficult job on, at a particularly difficult time, and I look forward to working closely with her over the course of the next 12 months or so.”

New Chair of the IAA Board, Rose Hynes

The Minister will initiate a formal process under the State Boards Appointment guidelines later in the year, which will be used to recruit a permanent Chair and Board members for the newly established IAA and also a Chair and Board members for the new commercial air navigation company.

Following her appointment, Ms. Hynes said, “I am delighted to have been appointed by the Minister for Transport, Mr. Eamonn Ryan TD as the Chairman of the IAA and I look forward to working with the CEO, the Board and all at the IAA”.

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